Parker (rest) is available to play Tuesday against Miami, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports. The veteran got Sunday's preseason game off for rest, but will be available Tuesday. He should function as the Hornets' primary backup behind Kemba Walker once the regular season begins.
Parker will sit out Sunday's preseason game against the Celtics for rest. Parker is a seasoned veteran and doesn't need the extra mileage on his legs for a meaningless preseason contest. He'll sit out Sunday as a result, but should be back in the lineup come Tuesday's contest against the Heat.
Parker agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Hornets on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Parker will join Charlotte after spending the first 17 years of his career in a Spurs uniform under coach Gregg Popovich. The 2007 Finals MVP came off the bench just 13 times during his first 16 campaigns, but lost his starting gig to Dejounte Murray in January of last season. Though the 36-year-old is not the player he used to be, it comes as a surprise to see Parker and the Spurs part ways. With the Hornets, he'll presumably serve as Kemba Walker's backup and could see a similar workload to the 19.5 minutes he saw during 2017-18.
Parker poured in 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and added two assists, one rebound and one steal across 17 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. After a moribund first two games of the series in which he managed just two points piece, Parker came alive in impressive fashion Thursday. His 12 shot attempts were easily a series high and his most since putting up the same amount on March 15. Parker also hit the 50.0 percent mark from the field for the first time in the three games against the Warriors, leading to a second-unit-high scoring total. He'll look to replicate his strong performance when the Spurs try to salvage the series in Sunday's Game 4.
Parker was held scoreless (0-3 FG) in Wednesday's 122-112 overtime loss to the Lakers, recording just one assist and no other statistics over 16 minutes. Parker has been in an offensive funk for some time, as he's now been held scoreless twice and scored in single digits in nine other games since March 15. The veteran point guard has seen Dejounte Murray take definitive control of the starting job, while he's been relegated to minutes in the teens in nine consecutive contests. Given his minimal role, Parker holds next to no fantasy value as the regular season winds down, although the possibility that head coach Gregg Popovich expands his playing time in the postseason is certainly a possibility.
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