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Rumor Central: Tony Parker expects to return better than ever in 2018

San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker is sidelined six to eight months following surgery to repair his left quadriceps tendon. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs starting point guard Tony Parker is currently in a rehab program following surgery to repair his left quadriceps tendon injured in the playoffs and is confident he can play at a high level when he comes back in 2018.

"I will play my best basketball when I return in January,” Parker told L’Equipe, according to Eurohoops.net.

Parker is sidelined for six to eight months and will not return until around the 2018 All-Star Game in February. Parker, 35, averaged 15.9 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds before the injury.

"The first thing that came in when I got injured, was frustration. I was super good and we had the chance to go until the end and get the title," Parker said. "The coach’s plan worked like a clock. I was consistent, playing for 20 to 25 minutes per game. My series against Memphis was good and I had a good start in the season."

With Parker sidelined and Patty Mills entering July as an unrestricted free agent, Dejounte Murray is the only point guard under contract with the Spurs.

Parker, a 16-year NBA veteran, all with San Antonio, will make $15.45 million in 2017-18, which is the last year of his contract.

-- Nick Silva