Tony Parker Reveals Why He Left Spurs

September 11, 2018 at 10:40 am by Terez in NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker

In an interview this week with French outlet L’Expresso, the 36-year-old veteran guard opened up about his split with San Antonio. “The Spurs offered me the same thing [contractually] as Charlotte, but it was more about the role,” Parker said, per Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone. “It was not a question of money. And it’s important that people know this, because there are a lot of people who were ‘angry’ at the Spurs, thinking the franchise had not offered me anything. “Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach,” he added. “That was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play. After spending the first 17 years of his career with the Spurs (a span where he won four championships, earned a Finals MVP Award, and made six All-Star teams), Parker signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Hornets in July. He played a career-low 19.5 minutes per game last season in San Antonio and was a clear third on the point guard depth chart behind Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills. – TO