Tony Parker’s time in San Antonio is over, after 17 seasons and four NBA championships.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Parker has agreed to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Parker lost his starting role with the Spurs last season. The move to Charlotte reunites him with former Spurs assistant James Borrego, who became the head coach in Charlotte earlier this offseason.
Parker averaged career-lows of 7.7 points and 19.5 minutes last season. The six-time All-Star is the No. 4 all-time scorer in Spurs history and the franchise’s career assists leader.
He was part of 137 playoff wins with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in NBA history. Popovich and Spurs legend Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins. Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton’s run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer.
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He’ll join fellow Frenchman Nicolas Batum on the Hornets. Parker’s move signals a boost in playing time for Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills in San Antonio. At 36 years old, Parker is on the back-end of his career and Kemba Walker will still be the go-to starting PG in Charlotte.
He won those four NBA titles alongside Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and head coach Gregg Popovich.
With Duncan and Ginobili, the Spurs “Big Three” as they were known, became the most decorated trio in NBA history.
They won over 1,000 games together and have the record for most NBA playoff wins.
Individually, Parker was named an all-star six times and named NBA Finals MVP in 2007 when San Antonio swept Cleveland for the franchise’s third championship.
Parker ranks first all-time in assists, second in games and minutes played, and fourth in points scored in Spurs franchise history.
According to Wojnarowski, Parker called Popovich to inform him of his decision to accept the Hornets offer.