Tony Parker plans to retire as a Spur
By Rob Wolkenbrod
Despite Tony Parker’s contract with the Charlotte Hornets, he stills plans to retire with the San Antonio Spurs.
Tony Parker’s departure from the San Antonio Spurs arguably became the offseason’s most shocking move, and not just for the Silver and Black. The Charlotte Hornets signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract.
This ended Parker’s 17-year run with the Spurs, and off to continue his career somewhere else. Though, San Antonio fans might appreciate where he wants to retire.
In an interview with Hupu.com (with a translation), Parker said he wants to end his career as a Spur, whenever that may happen. “Yes, I will retire as a Spurs player,” said the Frenchman.
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Retiring with the Spurs will put a bow on Parker’s run in the Alamo City, which spanned from 2001-17. With four championships, the 2007 NBA Finals MVP and other accolades, he will always be labeled a member of the organization.
Parker’s departure stood near the forefront of San Antonio’s changes, including the trade of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. Kyle Anderson left for the Memphis Grizzlies, and neither Joffrey Lauvergne or Brandon Paul will return to the team.
Parker previously expressed interest in a 20-year career, so the Hornets will see two years of this, but it remains to be seen if he tries to stretch it to 2020-21, at age 38, and fulfill this wish. Given his pedigree, even if there’s a decline in skill, someone may take him for a 20th and final season, with one last day on the Spurs to close it.
One day, the Spurs will retire Parker’s jersey number and commemorate his organizational tenure. It might not happen for a few years, but the celebration can start on Jan. 14, when the Hornets come to San Antonio for their only matchup at the AT&T Center of the 2018-19 season.