Now 36, Parker will sign a two-year, $10 million contract with Charlotte, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears added that Parker considered offers from the Spurs and the Denver Nuggets before choosing the Hornets.
Parker confirmed he is leaving San Antonio in a Friday night phone call with Spears. He also told Spears he called Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to inform him of his decision before he let the Hornets know.
"Tough decision. Tough three days. Tough communicating it all to Pop," Parker told 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."
Like Parker, Batum is French.
A report earlier this week said San Antonio was interested in bringing Parker back at the right price.
Parker was one of the cornerstones of the Spurs' franchise, joining guard Manu Ginobili and forward Tim Duncan to win four NBA titles since 2003. He also was the MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals and a six-time All-Star.
"It's difficult to put into words how important Tony Parker has been to the Spurs franchise over the past two decades," Popovich said in a statement. "From his first game in 2001 at age 19, TP has impressed and inspired us - day-after-day, game-after-game, season-after-season - with his passion, dedication and desire. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly amazing memories.
"While the four championships, six All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections highlight his resume, the biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes. 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."
Parker averaged just 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 55 games last season, losing his starting spot to Dejounte Murray.
The move to Charlotte reunites him with Hornets head coach James Borrego, who served as an assistant coach to Popovich with San Antonio from 2003-10 and 2015-18.
In Charlotte, Parker will play behind All-Star guard Kemba Walker but is expected to have a bigger role than he would have had with the Spurs.
-- Field Level Media
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