Charlotte Hornets to sign former San Antonio Spur Tony Parker

Ross Houston
July 7, 2018

Parker leaves the San Antonio Spurs after 17 seasons, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of Yahoo! But while Leonard's departure is merely a rumor at this point, the Spurs did lose a San Antonio legend Friday.

Parker 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 Charlotte Hornets have a deal in principle to sign Frenchman Tony Parker as their veteran backup to point guard Kemba Walker, an National Basketball Association source confirmed to the Observer.

With the Hornets, Parker will likely continue to play a backup role, this time behind Kemba Walker.


Parker said in March he had suffered a similar injury to Leonard's but his was "100 times worse". 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. He reportedly had a tense relationship with the Spurs throughout his rehab process.

When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season.


He was part of 137 playoff wins with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in National Basketball Association history. He averaged a career-low 7.7 points and 3.5 assists per game last season. Popovich and Spurs legend Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins. Plus, the Hornets already have one of Parker's friends, fellow Frenchman Nic Batum. Popovich himself has endured plenty at season's end, as he grieved the death of his wife, Erin, who died in April after battling a prolonged illness.

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