Manu Ginobili, Gregg Popovich wish Tony Parker the best in Charlotte

Tony Parker agrees to deal with Hornets, reports say

Parker received a lot of interest outside of San Antonio, and the Hornets presented an ideal situation for him. He joins fellow France native Nicolas Batum with the Hornets. The new coach, James Borrego, is a former Spurs assistant who knows Parker well.

Still, even though it makes sense why the Spurs have moved on, it's going to be unusual to see Parker in a uniform other than the black and white of the Spurs. The veteran point guard was seeking a two-year contract from interested teams because he wanted to reach the 20 season threshold before he put out his torch.

After returning from a quad injury, he played 55 games last season, but averaged career-low numbers with 7.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Perhaps Parker's presence away from the team could be enough to persuade Kawhi Leonard to play another season for the Spurs. Duncan has retired, Parker is now gone and Ginobili's status for next season is unknown. 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.

Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton's run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer. This pushed the 35-year-old, who had already missed part of the season with a quad injury, to a full-time bench role for the first time in his career.

Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason. The Nets will buy him out, which will pave the way for Howard to eventually sign with the Wizards. I think we're going to leave on good terms.

He was part of 137 playoff wins with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in National Basketball Association history. But I'm excited to play for my idol in M.J.

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