Charlotte waives Tony Parker after he announced retirement
The Charlotte Hornets have made the retirement of veteran point guard Tony Parker official by recently waiving the contract of the 37-year-old.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) July 2, 2019
Following just one season with the Hornets, where he put up 9.5 points (on 46.0 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 0.4 steals in just 17.9 minutes per ballgame, Parker decided that it was time to call it quits on a decorated 18-year career.
However, this decision did come with a bit of a complication considering how Parker originally signed a two-year, $10 million deal with Charlotte last summer. Nevertheless, with the Hornets now waiving Parker for the second and final year of his deal, the former Finals MVP is now set to officially enter retirement.
There were some who questioned Parker’s decision to sign with the Hornets last summer, following a legendary 17 years with the San Antonio Spurs. At 36, some argued that it would have looked better if Parker decided to retire as a Spur, and that a short-lived spell with the Hornets would do nothing to further cement his legacy as a potential future Hall of Famer. As a matter of fact, it might work towards the contrary.
Then again, Parker has never been about looking good. Last summer, he obviously felt that he had more left in the tank, and that the Hornets were willing to give him a bigger role than what the Spurs could offer. While it may not have exactly gone as planned, we can’t blame Parker’s competitive fire for giving it one last shot.