Parker confident contract will get done

Originally Published: October 22, 2004
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
SAN ANTONIO -- Five observations from San Antonio Spurs training camp, based on an Oct. 18-20 visit:

Contract corner: Less than 10 days remain for the Spurs to sign Tony Parker to a contract extension. If it doesn't happen by Oct. 31, Parker will be a restricted free agent next summer, which means San Antonio would still be the overwhelming favorite to re-sign the Frenchman … but also that Parker could be somewhat unsettled this season by an uncertain future.

Of course, it's worth remembering that Manu Ginobili endured the same wait last season and played through it just fine before signing a six-year deal worth $52 million that many consider yet another Spurs bargain.

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• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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