Tony Parker signs with Charlotte Hornets


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.

Parker will assuredly have a bigger role in Charlotte than he would have had in San Antonio. He joins fellow France native Nicolas Batum with the Hornets.

Still, even though it makes sense why the Spurs have moved on, it's going to be odd to see Parker in a uniform other than the black and white of the Spurs.

The 35-year old point guard, who won four National Basketball Association titles with the Spurs, is expected to backup Kemba Walker, who is entering his final year of his contract.

In his final season with the Spurs, Parker played 55 games averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists.

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Perhaps Parker's presence away from the team could be enough to persuade Kawhi Leonard to play another season for the Spurs. It remains unclear how that departure will actually happen, as in whether it will be through a buyout, the Thunder waiving him or a trade.

Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason. Their beef, which stemmed from comments Parker made in March about how his quad injury past year was "100 times worse", was apparently blown way out of proportion.

Buyout terms with Howard, who was due to make $24 million this season, were progressing Friday and Nets general manager Sean Marks said they should be wrapped up quickly.

The lifting of the moratorium meant a slew of moves that have been agreed to in recent days could be finalized, such as Paul George's four-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rajon Rondo's signing to play with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Spurs fans have known for a few years now that the 36-year-old was coming near to the end of his playing career with the team, and many thought leadership control of the team would transfer over to Kawhi Leonard.