Parker Joins ASVEL

05 October 2011

9. Tony Parker (France)
Just like Boris Diaw, who will play for Bordeaux, Tony Parker did not consider offers from other European clubs, but rather chose to play for 'his' ASVEL

France's Tony Parker has become the second member of the EuroBasket 2011 all-tournament team in as many days to sign a deal with a European club during the NBA lockout.

Twenty-four hours after CSKA Moscow's announcement that Andrei Kirilenko is to play for them on a three-year contract with an NBA return option, French outfit ASVEL - the club Parker has been a vice president and shareholder of since 2009 - announced: "Point guard Tony Parker has decided to join ASVEL and play during the NBA lockout.

"The club ASVEL Basket welcomes with great pleasure the arrival to Villeurbanne of Tony Parker, one of the best basketball players in French history.

"Following the uncertainty of recent weeks, the club is delighted that this transaction has been finalized."

Now three of France's most famous players will be in the country competing during the NBA labour dispute.

Portland Trail Blazers star Nicolas Batum is on the books of SLUC Nancy while Pro B side Bordeaux have Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw.

Parker is to hold a press conference in Paris on Thursday to speak about his decision to play for ASVEL.

His first appearance for the club is expected to be a home game on 14th October against Paris-Levallois.


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