The Charlotte Hornets signed San Antonio Point Guard Tony Parker making headlines across the NBA. The 17 year NBA veteran and 17 year Spurs guard signed a two year $10 million dollar deal. Parker who is now 36 years of age was drafted as the Spurs 28th overall in the 2001 NBA draft at the age of 19 years old. Former Jazz Forward Karl Malone (18 seasons) and former Houston Rockets Center Hakeem Olajuwon (17 seasons) are the first players to play 17 seasons with a single team before joining a new team. Parker becomes the third with playing 17 seasons with the Spurs before joining the Hornets. Parker has had a glorious and illustrious career with the Spurs. Parker won four NBA Championships and won the 2007 Finals MVP. Back in 2002, he was selected to the NBA All-Rookie NBA Team. He was a three time All-NBA Second team with an All-NBA Third Team selection. Parker was also a six time NBA All-Star selection. As a beloved member of the big three (Duncan-Ginobili- Parker), Parker will be missed amongst long time Spurs fans. The NBA is a business first and these players have free will to go where they choose as unrestricted free agents. After a difficult and emotional conversation between Parker and the Spurs organization, especially with Coach Pop, there is no ill will and both parties wish the best for each other. Fans also sent multiple good-byes and thank you messages to his twitter account after his decision rocked the loyal Spurs Nation. Parker will join a 36-46 Charlotte Hornets led by Hornets Guard Kemba Walker and new Hornets Center Dwight Howard.
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