Tony Parker leaving Spurs for team that finished 10th in Eastern Conference

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After 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker is moving on. He was the MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals and a six-time All-Star.

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A story recently published by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne claimed Leonard "remains irate" with Parker's attitude - but after the six-time All-Star's move to Charlotte this week, it remains to be seen if reconciliation is still out of the question. San Antonio drafted Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.

The Spurs were reportedly trying to bring Parker back in a mentorship role. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 assists per game during that season. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly incredible memories. The new coach, James Borrego, is a former Spurs assistant who knows Parker well. Plus, the Hornets already have one of Parker's friends, fellow Frenchman Nic Batum. Parker willingly gave up his starting role to youngster Dejounte Murray last season. He was part of 137 playoff wins with Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in National Basketball Association history. Popovich and Spurs legend Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins.

Parker, speaking to The Undefeated today, denied he ever had a problem with Leonard saying: "We never had an argument".

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Ginobili thanked Parker for an "unforgettable 16 seasons together".

"The biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes", Popovich said. "All of us in the Spurs organization will miss having Tony in our program and wish him and his family the best as he continues his remarkable career in Charlotte".

Tension between Parker and Leonard emerged after Parker said his own quadriceps injury was "100 times worse" than Leonard's, who had been seeking outside treatment and recovering away from the team for most of last season.

Tony Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with Charlotte, league source tells ESPN. The Nets will buy him out, which will pave the way for Howard to eventually sign with the Wizards.

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