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.
ESPN reported that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich received a call from Parker himself to inform him of his plan shortly before it became public. He joins fellow France native Nicolas Batum with the Hornets.
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 to 2010 and 2015 to 2018.
Tony Parker doesn't have an issue with Kawhi Leonard.
The point guard was a true cornerstone of the San Antonio franchise as he is only the third player in National Basketball Association history to play at least 17 seasons with one team before leaving alongside Karl Malone (18 seasons) and Hakeem Olajuwon (17 seasons). Last season saw Parker relegated to a smaller role, however, as he only started 21 of the 55 games he played.
"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard", Parker said to ESPN.
Unless Parker returns in the future, he would fall just two seasons short of Tim Duncan's Spurs record of 19 seasons with the team.
"The biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes", Popovich said.
Anthony is due to make $28 million this season, his last in a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with NY before getting moved to Oklahoma City.
Tension between Parker and Leonard emerged after Parker said his own quadriceps injury was "100 times worse" than Leonard's, who had been seeking outside treatment and recovering away from the team for most of last season.
Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has not been signed. I think we're going to leave on good terms. But I'm excited to play for my idol in M.J.