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 Spurs were reportedly trying to bring Parker back in a mentorship role. The 36-year-old certainly has much to offer beyond his play on the court with a plethora of experience playing at a high level while going through much success with the Spurs that included being a part of NBA titles where he was the NBA Finals MVP once while earning six All-Star selections and four All-NBA Team nods.
A story recently published by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne claimed Leonard "remains irate" with Parker's attitude - but after the six-time All-Star's move to Charlotte this week, it remains to be seen if reconciliation is still out of the question.
"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".More news: Trump says nuclear talks with North Korea talks ‘going…
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Parker elected to utilize the Spurs' doctors, and Leonard sought treatment outside of the organization.
Now that Parker is no longer in the picture, could this pave the way for Leonard to return to San Antonio?
Parker averaged just 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 55 games last season, losing his starting spot to Dejounte Murray. He was part of 137 playoff wins with Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in National Basketball Association history.