Tony Parker, a free agent who had spent his entire 17-year career with the Spurs, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Hornets, a source told ESPN.
Free-agent guard Tony Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, bringing to a close his 17-year career with the San Antonio Spurs.
Parker, who had become an unrestricted free agent this summer, called Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in the last hour to inform him of his decision to accept Charlotte’s offer, a source told Wojnarowski. The Spurs wanted Parker back in a mentorship role, but he will take on a significant role with the Hornets behind guard Kemba Walker.
The Denver Nuggets also had expressed interest in Parker.
Parker, 36, was selected by the Spurs 28th overall in the 2001 NBA draft and has spent his entire professional career in San Antonio. He won four titles with the Spurs (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) and was the 2007 NBA Finals MVP.
“Tough decision. Tough three days. Tough communicating it all to Pop,” Parker told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears. “But I had to move on. It was a very emotional conversation with Pop and [Spurs general manager] R.C. Buford. I will always love San Antonio. I will always be a Spur. My family and house are in San Antonio. But I’m excited to play for my idol in M.J. [Hornets owner Michael Jordan], coach J.B. [James Borrego], who I played for in San Antonio, and with my little brother Nicolas Batum.”
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