Tony Parker Agrees To Deal With Hornets; Spent 17 Years With Spurs

Tony Parker Agrees To Deal With Hornets; Spent 17 Years With Spurs

Parker will have a piece of his time in San Antonio with him as he sets up camp in Charlotte.

In a unusual set of circumstances, Parker's departure could help the Spurs nurse their wounded relationship with franchise talent Kawhi Leonard.

Free agent guard Tony Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, bringing to a close his 17-year career with the San Antonio Spurs.

Parker was the No. 28 overall pick by the Spurs in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft, and has spent his entire career in San Antonio.




All signs point to Parker eventually landing in Springfield as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Popovich's words in this case seem to paint that picture clearly.

Tony Parker is believed to have planted the seed in Leonard's fractured relationship with his teammates and the coaching staff. Parker famously said his quad injury was "100 times worse" than Kawhi's injured right quad.

"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard", Parker said to ESPN. While the four championships, six All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections highlight his resume, the biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season. He was part of 137 playoff wins with Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in National Basketball Association history. And per Wojnarowski's report, that was that with Leonard and the Spurs. He averaged a career-low 7.7 points and 3.5 assists per game last season.

Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton's run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer. He will also be coaching Team USA before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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