Tony Parker will play in France during the NBA lockout, earning a mere 1,500 euros ($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 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 titles with the San Antonio Spurs and has been an all-star three times.

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