According to Wojnarowski, the Spurs wanted to keep Parker, but he called Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to inform him of his decision:
Source: Parker called Gregg Popovich in the last hour to inform him of decision to accept Charlotte offer. Spurs wanted Parker back, but Parker will take on a significant role with Hornets behind Kemba Walker. https://t.co/qjNzJqN2v0— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2018
Parker played 55 games last season after returning from a ruptured left quad. Playing 19.5 minutes per game, he averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists, shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3.
At 36, this could end up being the last contract of his career. It’s unknown at this point whether the second season has a player or team option tied to it, but the contract figures to be $5 million per season.
He wasn’t the team’s first choice, but after Tyreke Evans signed with Pacers, the Hornets were left with little options.
If you’re an optimist, Parker is a veteran point guard with a championship pedigree. He could provide stability as a playmaker backing up Kemba Walker, and his relationship with Nicolas Batum James Borrego could help him adapt quicker to the Hornets. As you can, Batum is clearly happy with the signing:
Number 9, I see you soon in Buzz City my big bro... x— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) July 6, 2018
On the other hand, Parker shot poorly from beyond the arc last season, and his age doesn’t bode well that he will be healthy all season. As good as he’s been over the course of his career, age could play a factor as to whether he remains effective.
But one thing is certain, the Hornets have found the extra playmaker they sought in free agency. We’ll have more in the future, but for now, share your thoughts on the signing below.