Everyone wants to leave the Spurs.
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.
With all the Kawhi Leonard drama, Parker’s free agency this offseason was overshadowed. It was believed that the 17-year veteran hoped to stay in San Antonio and remain with the team he’s played for his entire professional career.
Parker won four championships and was a six-time All-Star for the Spurs. Tough decision. Tough three days.
ESPN reported that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich received a call from Parker himself to inform him of his plan shortly before it became public.
“Tough communicating it all to Pop,” Parker told The Undefeated. “But I had to move on. It was a very emotional conversation with Pop and and (Spurs general manager) R.C. Buford. I will always love San Antonio. I will always be a Spur.”
Last season, Parker lost his starting role to Dejounte Murray and averaged a career-low 7.7 points per game and 3.5 assists per game in 55 games (21 starts). The 36-year-old Frenchman averaged fewer than 20 minutes per game in the 2017-18 campaign.
Parker first joined the franchise back in 2001 and will now be reunited with former Spurs assistant James Borrego, who was named head coach of the Hornets earlier this offseason.
The Hornets have been searching for a backup point guard behind Kemba Walker and was one of the five or six teams that were reportedly interested in Parker. His decision was reportedly based on Charlotte’s pitch of granting him more playing time and a significant role within the team.
Since the Hornets are over the salary cap, a portion of the team’s mid-level exception will be used to complete the deal.
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