ibusinesslines.com September 21, 2018

Tony Parker to leave Spurs after 17 years with Spurs

07 July 2018, 05:40 | Charlene Valdez

Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker

Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker

Parker, who had become an unrestricted free agent this summer, called Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in the last hour to inform him of decision to accept Charlotte's offer, a source told Wojnarowski. In addition, Parker's public complaints about Leonard's injury were reportedly the last straw for Leonard, who now wants out of San Antonio.

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. It was believed that the 17-year veteran hoped to stay in San Antonio and remain with the team he's played for his entire professional career.

The Hornets have been searching for a backup point guard behind Kemba Walker and were one of the five or six teams that were reportedly interested in Parker.

Parker said he never had any issues with Spurs star Kawhi Leonard - who missed almost all of last season due to a lingering quad injury.

Parker won four championships and was a six-time All-Star for the Spurs.

Parker is the third player in National Basketball Association history to play at least 17 seasons with one team before leaving.

"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard", Parker said to ESPN. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Parker "quarterbacked" a player's only meeting to implore Leonard to return to their lineup in March 2018. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 assists per game during that season.

Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton's run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer. He did not coach in Games 3, 4 or 5 (Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina handled those duties) vs.

Other News

Trending Now

Basketball diplomacy: S. Korea teams arrive in Pyongyang
The move led to a set of diplomatic breakthroughs, including two summits between Kim and President Moon Jae-in. Nauert said there will be no surprises in terms of what the United States is asking North Korea to do.

Polish Supreme Court Head Defies Ruling Party As Crisis Deepens
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN . "Many Europeans don't like the direction the European Union is going in", he said.

Kimi Raikkonen previews the Silverstone Grand Prix
Sunday's British Grand Prix is the third race in three weeks, with five held in six weeks in June and July. What I can say is I really feel like I have the best strategist team behind me.

Jordan to Keep Border Closed to Syria's Displaced
Through military operations and those deals, Syrian troops are now in control of more than 60 percent of the southern province of Daraa.

Hawaii bans certain sunscreens to protect coral reefs
The ban will not be applied to medically prescribed sunscreens or makeup that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate. David Ige will sign a bill on Tuesday that makes selling sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate illegal.

Japan executes Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult leader and several followers
Scores of Aum members have faced trial over the attack - 13 were sentenced to death, including Asahara. In all, 12 followers had been on death row with Asahara for the crimes, which killed 27 people.

EU package does not cover all demands of Iran
The first group of sanctions on Iran's automotive sector, gold trade, and other industries will "snap back" on August 4. Lavrov urged new ways of trading with Iran if Washington restores sanctions against Tehran.