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Spurs' Parker takes pay cut to play for own French team


Posted Oct 5 2011 6:36AM - Updated Oct 5 2011 10:51AM

PARIS (AP) -- Tony Parker will play with a French team during the NBA lockout, earning a mere $1,995 per month despite his star power on and off the basketball court.

ASVEL, which is based in Villeurbanne, near Lyon in southeast France, announced on Wednesday that Parker will play for them.

Parker told the sports daily L'Equipe that the decision is "logical." He is vice president of the club and wants to help it advance.

The Frenchman says, "I'll be playing nearly for free ... If I play the entire season, we'll go for the title."

Parker has won three NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs and has been an All-Star selection three times.

He expects to play his first game against Paris on Oct. 14.

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