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Tony Parker leaving Spurs to sign with Hornets

07 July, 2018, 12:28 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Tony Parker agrees to deal with Hornets, reports say

Parker, however, had an option to avoid basketball fans from recalibrating their expectations for next season, as he also had an offer on his table from the Spurs to keep him in San Antonio, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN's Undefeated.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave a heartfelt goodbye to the Spurs icon on Friday after Parker agreed to a deal with the Hornets, too.

Tony Parker, the longest-tenured member of the franchise, has agreed to terms with the Hornets on a two-year, $10 million deal, Yahoo Sports reported. Parker has spent the last 17 seasons with the Spurs winning four NBA Championships and being named to six All-Star teams during that run. With Popovich's blessing, Parker will see out his illustrious career in the Eastern Conference, in a more prominent role alongside Kemba Walker, himself the subject of trade rumors.

The veteran French point guard chose to seek a new challenge after slipping behind Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White in the pecking order.

After returning from a quad injury, he played 55 games last season, but averaged career-low numbers with 7.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.

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Leonard is now seeking a trade after playing in only nine games last season because of his injured right quad. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly awesome memories.

"All of us in the Spurs organization will miss having Tony in our program and wish him and his family the best as he continues his remarkable career in Charlotte", Popovich said. Popovich and Spurs star Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins.

In March, a frustrated Parker told the media that his injury was "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's.

The Denver Nuggets were also reportedly interested in Parker. And Parker is close friends with Charlotte's Nicolas Batum, who predictably was thrilled by the news.

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