Longtime Spur Parker to sign with Hornets

Kristopher Nichols
July 8, 2018

After 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker is moving on.

Still, even though it makes sense why the Spurs have moved on, it's going to be unusual to see Parker in a uniform other than the black and white of the Spurs. While Leonard impressed the Spurs in workouts late in the season, the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 Finals MVP backed down each time he or the Spurs wanted him to return to the court. San Antonio drafted Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. He was named an All-Star six times and won four championships with the franchise during his decorated tenure.

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker shoots between Memphis Grizzlies forward Myke Henry and guard Ben McLemore during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., in January.

Tension between Parker and Leonard emerged after Parker said his own quadriceps injury was "100 times worse" than Leonard's, who had been seeking outside treatment and recovering away from the team for most of last season.

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Parker, speaking to The Undefeated today, denied he ever had a problem with Leonard saying: "We never had an argument".

"I said yes because it was true".

Tony Parker became the only unrestricted free agent, heading into the offseason, from the San Antonio Spurs. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season.

"It's hard to put into words how important Tony Parker has been to the Spurs franchise over the past two decades", Popovich said in a statement. "He was the face of the franchise". He also averaged a career-low 19.5 minutes per bout in 55 games. In short, the 36-year-old's importance to the Spurs franchise is both obvious and noteworthy, especially on the heels of the news that Parker will be spending the next stage of his career with the Charlotte Hornets. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly incredible memories.

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