Tony Parker Disputes Way Relationship With Kawhi Leonard Has Been Portrayed

Tony Parker Disputes Way Relationship With Kawhi Leonard Has Been Portrayed

Parker is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Hornets and informed the Spurs of his decision, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

Following his move to the Hornets, the point guard has revealed his true feelings about the Spurs forward, saying he had no problem with him and that his comments were misconstrued by the media and fans. "We never had an argument", Parker told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. It will be interesting to see what the next step will be for Parker in terms of on-court impact with the Hornets but the basketball world already knows that he was integral to what San Antonio was able to build over almost two decades and Popovich clearly echoed that sentiment.

The veteran French point guard chose to seek a new challenge after slipping behind Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White in the pecking order. He won four titles with the Spurs (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) and was the 2007 NBA Finals MVP.

With all the Kawhi Leonard drama, Parker's free agency this offseason was overshadowed.

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Perhaps Parker's presence away from the team could be enough to persuade Kawhi Leonard to play another season for the Spurs.

KRIS 6 New's Chelsea Torres speaks with San Antonio Radio Host, Chris Duel. It's very sad that the media took one quote and made it sound like I didn't want to play with him. "From his first game in 2001 at age 19, TP has impressed and inspired us - day-after-day, game-after-game, season-after-season - with his passion, dedication and desire".

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave a heartfelt goodbye to the Spurs icon on Friday after Parker agreed to a deal with the Hornets, too.

"The biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes", Popovich said.

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