Parker leaving Spurs to sign with Hornets

Tony Parker, the point guard of four San Antonio Spurs NBA championship teams, is leaving the team after 17 seasons to reportedly sign with the Charlotte Hornets.

Now 36, Parker will pen 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.

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 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," head coach Gregg 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 organisation 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.

His departure could help the Spurs repair their relationship with 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who has reportedly requested a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In March, a frustrated Parker told the media that his injury was "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's quad injury, which ruled the star forward out for all but nine games of the season.

Leonard, who has one year remaining on his Spurs deal, is in a position to sign a five-year, $219 million super-max extension or become a free agent at the end of the 2018/19 season.