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. The Spurs wanted Parker back in a mentorship role, but he will take on a significant role with Hornets behind guard Kemba Walker. The four-time National Basketball Association champion, 2007 Finals MVP and six time All-Star averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 55 games last season.
Parker told The Undefeated, via ESPN: "I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard". Parker was reportedly frustrated with how long Leonard was taking to return from injury after saying his quadriceps injury was "100 times worse". "When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true".
According to Wojnarowski, Parker called longtime head coach Gregg Popovich to inform him of his decision to accept the offer. "But that didn't lessen the significance of his injury". It was believed that the 17-year veteran hoped to stay in San Antonio and remain with the team he's played for his entire professional career. "He was the face of the franchise". Former Spurs assistant coach James Borrego is now coaching the Hornets. He also averaged a career-low 19.5 minutes per bout in 55 games. "All of us in the Spurs organization will miss having Tony in our program and wish him and his family the best as he continues his remarkable career in Charlotte".