Tony Parker, the point guard of four San Antonio Spurs NBA championship teams, is leaving the team after 17 seasons to reportedly sign with the Charlotte Hornets. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Parker will sign a two-year deal worth $10 million.
Still, even though it makes sense why the Spurs have moved on, it's going to be odd to see Parker in a uniform other than the black and white of the Spurs. "Tough communicating it all to Pop", Parker told The Undefeated's Marc Spears. San Antonio drafted Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Parker was a four-time champion, Finals MVP and six-time All-Star with the Spurs.
After spending 16 years together as teammates with the San Antonio Spurs, Manu Ginobili has bid adieu to Tony Parker.
In March, a frustrated Parker told the media that his injury was "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's.
With that in mind, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich penned a heartfelt tribute to Parker, which the Spurs presented on Friday afternoon. This pushed the 35-year-old, who had already missed part of the season with a quad injury, to a full-time bench role for the first time in his career.
The San Antonio Spurs could lose their best player this offseason, as Kawhi Leonard has been the subject of several trade rumors. He also averaged a career-low 19.5 minutes per bout in 55 games. "When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true". We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly unbelievable memories. "But that didn't lessen the significance of his injury. He was the face of the franchise".
The move reunites Parker with new Charlotte coach James Borrego, who most recently was an assistant in San Antonio.