Tony Parker has officially decided on where he’ll be playing in the upcoming season and that place is not the San Antonia Spurs, He decided to play for the Charlotte Hornets Yahoo! Sports reports.
Parker(35) won four NBA Championships with the Spurs and is expected to play backup for Kemba Walker off the bench.
Once a NBA Finals MVP back in 2007, he is expected to sign a two-year $10 million dollar deal and informed the Spurs that he’ll be leaving.
Gregg Popovich was Parker’s coach for the last 17 yeas who released a statement about the decision “It’s difficult to put into words how important Tony Parker has been to the Spurs franchise over the past two decades,” Popovich said. “From his first game in 2001 at age 19, TP has impressed and inspired us – day-after-day, game-after-game, season-after-season – with his passion, dedication and desire. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly amazing memories. While the four championships, six All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections highlight his resume, the biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes. 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.”
This move comes after Parker told the media that his injury was “a hundred times worse” than Leonard’s. The Spurs appear to be attempting to repair their relationship with Kawhi Leonard who requested a trade from the team.
Leonard was very upset with Parker’s comments, the injury caused Leonard to missed last season to heal his quad injury.
Parker expressed interested in spending 20 seasons with the Spurs which would of required them to sign him fo 3 more years. In the final season with the Spurs Parker averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 55 games.