Tony Parker agrees to join Hornets

Tony Parker agrees to join Hornets

After 17 iconic seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker will sign with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Parker, a four-time NBA champion, 2007 Finals MVP and six-time All-Star, will join Charlotte head coach James Borrego, who was a former assistant with San Antonio.

The Spurs remained in discussions with Parker on a new deal, but he had significant interest from the Hornets and Denver Nuggets, league sources said. Parker is expected to assume a backup role to Hornets All-Star guard Kemba Walker.

Parker, 36, averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 55 games last season. As the Spurs’ season progressed, coach Gregg Popovich made the decision to make Dejounte Murray the full-time starting point guard.

Parker was the No. 28 overall pick by the Spurs in the 2001 NBA draft, and his departure now marks the end of a memorable run alongside franchise legends Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, who retired in 2016.