Tony Parker leaving Spurs for team that finished 10th in Eastern Conference

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

Tony Parker decided that after 17 years with the San Antonio Spurs, it's time to move on to a different team.

Popovich released a touching statement, noting that "the biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching (Tony Parker) grow up before our eyes".

The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears added that Parker considered offers from the Spurs and the Denver Nuggets before choosing the Hornets. It will be interesting to see what the next step will be for Parker in terms of on-court impact with the Hornets but the basketball world already knows that he was integral to what San Antonio was able to build over almost two decades and Popovich clearly echoed that sentiment.

Parker leaves the Spurs a four-time NBA champion, the 2007 Finals MVP, a four-time All-NBA selection, and a six-time All-Star.

Parker, one of the greatest Spurs in franchise history, joined San Antonio at the age of 19 after he was drafted by the Spurs with the No. 28 pick in 2001.

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The 36-year-old Parker has spent the first 17 seasons of his career with the Spurs, winning five titles along with the likes of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.

"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard", Parker said to ESPN.

"I said yes because it was true".

It is the end of an era in San Antonio. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 assists per game during that season. "He was the face of the franchise". Also, new Hornets coach James Borrego is a former Spurs assistant. "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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