Tony Parker says he ‘will retire as a Spur’
Lifelong San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will be wearing a different uniform for the first time in his NBA career after signing a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, but the ultimate reunion could not be far from taking place.
The floor general expressed his desire to retire as a member of the Spurs, likely signing an honorary one-day contract like Paul Pierce did with the Boston Celtics last season.
The French international played his first 17 NBA seasons under head coach Gregg Popovich, but parted ways with the team after handing the keys to the point guard position to Dejounte Murray midway through 2017-18.
Parker admitted to his admiration for Michael Jordan, who owns the franchise, and the opportunity to provide a veteran perspective for an All-Star talent like Kemba Walker. Parker’s ties with fellow French teammate Nicolas Batum and former Spurs assistant and now head coach James Borrego will give Parker a certain level of familiarity with his new team.
At 36 years old, Parker isn’t far from hanging up his sneakers, especially after averaging a career-low 7.7 points per game last season and coming off a quad injury that ended his 2017 postseason. Once that day comes, he will be donning the signature black, silver and white that graced his entrance into the NBA.