Tony Parker agrees to deal with Hornets, reports say

Annette Crawford
July 7, 2018

Everyone wants to leave the Spurs.

Tony Parker doesn't have an issue with Kawhi Leonard.

In a bit of a surprise move on Friday afternoon, veteran point guard Tony Parker made a decision to ink a two-year, $10 million deal to join the Charlotte Hornets, ending his 17-season tenure with the San Antonio Spurs where he was a prominent fixture with the franchise.

The 36-year-old Parker has spent his entire career with the Spurs since they drafted him at No. 28 overall in 2001.

The 35-year old point guard, who won four National Basketball Association titles with the Spurs, is expected to backup Kemba Walker, who is entering his final year of his contract.

"Tough communicating it all to Pop", Parker told The Undefeated. "The fact Aldridge remains a Spur at all - after he was upset enough last summer to ask for a trade - lends credence to the argument that it is always too early to judge these things".

It is the end of an era in San Antonio.

In his final campaign with the Spurs, Parker played in 55 games and averaged 7.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the field and 27.0 percent from beyond the arc along with 3.5 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per contest.

Parker saw his starting point guard duties diminished with the arrival of Dejounte Murray.

Wojnarowski reported the Spurs wanted Parker to return, but he will play a more significant role in Charlotte under new Hornets head coach James Borrego.

Since the Hornets are over the salary cap, a portion of the team's midlevel exception will be used to complete the deal.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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