San Antonio Spurs legend Tony Parker is switching teams. In a surprise move, Parker is signing with the Charlotte Hornets, according to Yahoo! Sports reporter Shams Carania.
Parker signed a two year, $10 million deal with the Hornets, a club that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season.
Parker was relegated to the Spurs bench last season in favor of Dejounte Murray. Parker has played the entirety of his 17 year career with the Spurs. Now he heads to the Michael Jordan-owned Hornets where, for now, he will serve as Kemba Walker’s backup.
It’s a curious move for the Hornets, one that could mean more moves are on the horizon. Kemba Walker has been involved in trade rumors for the better part of a year. Since he could leave in free agency next summer, Parker’s signing could be seen as a stopgap for a young point guard, should the Hornets acquire one through a trade or in next year’s draft.
As of now, here’s how the Hornets’ roster shakes out.
Hornets Roster & Starting Lineup With Tony Parker
PG – Kemba Walker, Tony Parker, Julyan Stone
SG – Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk
SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Miles Bidges, Dwayne Bacon
PF – Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky
C – Cody Zeller, Willy Hernangomez, Timofey Mozgov, Mangok Mathiang
Source: Heavy Sports