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Hornets’ Tony Parker Talks Decision to Leave Spurs for Charlotte

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Charlotte Hornets veteran point guard Tony Parker spent the majority of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, and he will now don a different team’s jersey for the first time during his long NBA career when he takes the court for the Hornets this upcoming season.

Parker, 36, said that the Spurs offered the same contract that the Hornets did, but that the role he would play in Charlotte was different than the one that the Spurs had planned for him, also noting that he wanted to play for his idol Michael Jordan.

“The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role,” Parker said, during an interview with L’Espresso.

“It was not a question of money. And it’s important that people know this, because there are a lot of people who were “angry” at the Spurs, thinking the franchise had not offered me anything. Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach. And that was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play.

“And when Michael Jordan called me, my idol, I thought, let’s go,” Parker continued. “For me, I feel like closing the loop, to finish my career in his club, it’s something special for me because it’s him that made me want to play basketball.”

Parker averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spurs.

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Hornets’ PJ Washington Medically Cleared

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Charlotte Hornets rookie PJ Washington has been medically cleared to do pretty much everything on the court, good news for the 21-year old and the Hornets.

“I’m pretty much cleared to do everything,” Washington said, according to Rck Bonnell of the Charlotte News Observer . “After summer league, it was about two weeks.”

“Pretty much everything: Finishing, shooting, pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop,” Washington reiterated. “All the reads.”

Washington had been recovering from ongoing pain in his left foot, which prevented him from participating in the 2019 Summer League.

Now, it’s all systems go for Washington.

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Kemba Walker Informs Hornets He Will Sign with Celtics

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The Boston Celtics may have lost Kyrie Irving in free agency, but they will be bringing in Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker to take his place.

According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Walker has told the Hornets that he pans to signed with the Celtics once free agency kicks off.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Walker will ink a four-year, $141 million contract with Boston.

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Hornets Decline Qualifying Offer for Frank Kaminsky

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Frank Kaminsky

The Charlotte Hornets are opting not to extend a qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojanrowski.

With the loss of Kemba Walker and now with Kaminsky heading out the door, it seems to be a sinking ship in Charlotte.

Kaminsky wasn’t a big part of head coach James Borrego’s rotation, losing minutes as the season wore on, but he is expected to draw significant interest one he hits free agency.

Kaminsky averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season for the Hornets.

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