TONY Parker on Friday expressed sadness over the trade of his fellow Frenchman and longtime Spurs teammate Boris Diaw from the San Antonio Spurs to the Utah Jazz.
While the two were in the middle of France's campaign in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Diaw was traded to the Jazz for Olivier Hanlan, ending his five-year partnership with Parker with the Spurs.
“I’m very sad that he is traded,” said Parker, when asked by a reporter during the media availability day on a break from play for the six-team tournament. “But it’s a business.”
While he was sad over the Diaw move, Parker looks forward to playing with Pau Gasol, who signed as a free agent with the Spurs following his stint with the Chicago Bulls.
But the French guard admitted that he would have loved to play with both Gasol and Diaw in San Antonio.
“I understand what the Spurs are trying to do bringing in Pau Gasol, one of the best players in the world. I was hoping that we can keep both. But it happened,” said Parker.
Diaw has been with Parker and Spurs since 2011, winning one NBA title in 2014. They have also been playing for the national team for several years, but their team-up with Les Bleus will also come to an end as Parker had already expressed that he will no longer suit up in international play after this year.
Nevertheless, Parker is wishing Diaw all the best with his new NBA team in the Jazz.
“I wish Boris luck in Utah. They have a great team too,” said Parker.