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.
Parker supplied 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-3 FT), seven assists and one rebound across 18 minutes in Thursday's 110-107 loss to the Warriors. Parker's scoring and assist totals both led the Spurs' second unit and represented a solid follow-up to his season-best 23-point performance against the Grizzlies on Monday. The 17-year veteran has now scored in double digits in five of the last seven, shooting a blistering 62.0 percent (31-for-50) in that quintet of contests. While his point totals do occasionally fall into the single digits, Parker sees a fairly reliable allotment of playing time whether on the first unit or off the bench, affording him the opportunity to make serviceable contributions in scoring and assists on the majority of nights.
Parker scored 23 points (10-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding four assists and a steal in 26 minutes off the bench during Monday's 100-98 win over the Grizzlies. The 35-year-old turned back the clock for at least one evening, leading the Spurs in scoring while seeing his biggest workload since Jan. 5. Parker's minutes and production remain too erratic to count on him in most fantasy formats -- he was held scoreless in 14 minutes against the Cavs just three games ago -- but the savvy veteran still has a little bit of gas left in his tank.
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