Tony Parker leaving Spurs to sign with Hornets

Tony Parker leaving Spurs to sign with Hornets

Tony Parker leaving Spurs to sign with Hornets

League sources confirmed Friday that Parker, 36, is moving on to Charlotte after securing a two-year, $10 million deal.

Parker fell out of favor with the Spurs last season, averaging just 20 minutes and making 21 starts, in 55 games appearances.

The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears added that Parker considered offers from the Spurs and the Denver Nuggets before choosing the Hornets.

Parker was named NBA Finals MVP in 2007 when San Antonio defeated Cleveland.

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.

LAS VEGAS Tony Parker went to San Antonio as a teenager almost two decades ago, quickly became part of the Spurs' legendary Big Three and celebrated four championships while wearing silver and black.

Parker was the No. 28 overall pick by the Spurs in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft, and has spent his entire career in San Antonio.

Parker told ESPN that it was a hard decision, "but I had to move on".

With all the Kawhi Leonard drama, Parker's free agency this offseason was overshadowed. "When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true".

The only coach Parker has only known during his career, Gregg Popovich, later released a statement on the impact the point guard had on the franchise. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season.

This echoes what former San Antonio forward Sean Elliott said about Popovich and Leonard. During his career, the six-time All-Star averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 assists. "He was the face of the franchise". "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".

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