That deal was more than he would likely have received in San Antonio had he stayed. Plus he joins a Hornets team with former Spurs coach James Borrego and will likely have a larger role.
Parker was selected by San Antonio in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, 28th overall pick, and helped the Spurs win four NBA titles. In 2007 he was named the NBA Finals MVP after the Spurs swept LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last season, Parker saw Dejounte Murray move into the starting point guard spot and humbly took a role off the bench as Murray’s backup. He saw action in 55 games, averaging 7.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in 19.5 minutes for San Antonio last season. This includes a season-high 23 points versus Memphis.
Parker seems like the first domino to have fallen in San Antonio this off-season. Many speculate that it’s a matter of time before Kawhi Leonard also departs.