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The Spurs now get bigger and younger _ all the while preserving their Big 3.

Parker is 29 and arguably has the most trade value for the Spurs. He is beginning a four-year, $50 million extension but voiced candid doubts about San Antonio’s future following a disappointing first-round ouster in the playoffs.

Parker told French journalists last month that the Spurs can likely no longer contend for another championship with their aging core. He backed off those comments upon returning to San Antonio and insisted he was committed to the Spurs.

Parker averaged 17.5 points in his 10th season alongside Tim Duncan. He was San Antonio’s second-leading scorer behind Ginobili but played poorly against Memphis.

That swift playoff exit let loose the most assured proclamations yet that the four-time champions were finally finished as an NBA dynasty. Popovich has dismissed that perception and called talk of rebuilding a “preposterous” attitude.

But the Spurs have spoken like changes were likely to come.

“Organizationally, we’ve been willing to look in areas that, in the past, we would have maintained a different position,” Buford said.