Gregg Popovich says goodbye to Tony Parker after Hornets move

Tony Parker

Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 4, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

Parker, 36, was drafted by the Spurs 28th overall in 2001 draft and has spent his entire professional career in San Antonio. "(James Borrego), who I played for in San Antonio, and with my little brother Nicolas Batum".

He won four NBA championships with San Antonio and was named to the NBA All-Star team six times.

"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard. I will always be a Spur".




Ginobili thanked Parker for an "unforgettable 16 seasons together".

Leonard is believed to be angry with both the Spurs' diagnosis and treatment of a long-standing quadriceps injury that kept him sidelined for all but nine games last season. "It's going to be very interesting this year and I look forward to a lot of exciting basketball".

A report earlier this week said San Antonio was interested in bringing Parker back at the right price.

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. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 assists per game during that season. Their beef, which stemmed from comments Parker made in March about how his quad injury a year ago was "100 times worse", was apparently blown way out of proportion. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly awesome memories.

"Tough communicating it all to Pop", Parker told The Undefeated. "When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true". Parker said to ESPN. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season.

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