After 17 seasons spent in San Antonio, Tony Parker heads to Charlotte. Where the French playmaker will find his compatriot Nicolas Batum.
Former teammates in France and for more than a year associated with Villeurbanne, one as president and the other as director of basketball operations, Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum will again team up. This time in the NBA. The 36-year-old French playmaker, who had been a free agent since July 1 – for the first time in his career – will join his compatriot in Charlotte.
According to ESPN’s famous insider Adrian Wojnarowski, “TP” has accepted a $ 10 million contract over two seasons for the Hornets, whose owner is none other than Michael Jordan, one of his youthful idols. If his name had also circulated to the Denver Nuggets, the former international tricolor preferred to go to North Carolina, where an important role is promised to him in Kemba Walker’s lining.
17 seasons, 4 rings
Two years after the retirement of Tim Duncan, a new page is turning in San Antonio, which loses another prominent member of his famous “Big Three” winner of four league titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). The third, Manu Ginobili, could follow and hang up for good, while the situation of the star of the team, Kawhi Leonard, is still blurred.
Tony Parker had dreamed of making his entire career with the Spurs, who drafted it in 2001, and could probably have pursued it there because the Texas franchise wanted to keep it. But after a season at 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 19.5 minutes average per game, No. 9 felt that his future was elsewhere. Far from his mentor Gregg Popovich, whom he called personally. No doubt the big heart.