Parker announced Monday that he'll retire from the NBA after 18 seasons, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports. Roughly a month ago, Parker was quoted as saying he was "50-50" with regard to returning to the league next season, but the veteran has now announced that he'll walk away after spending last season with the Hornets. The 37-year-old is, of course, best known for helping pilot the Spurs to four NBA titles in his 17-year run in San Antonio, which included six All-Star bids and four All-NBA nods. The 2007 NBA Finals MVP will retire with career averages of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Parker currently ranks 34th in NBA history in games played (1,254), 46th in minutes (38,279), 17th in assists (7,036), and 53rd in points (19,473).
Parker said that the possibility of him retiring is "50-50" and that he'll inform the Hornets of his decision in June, Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops.net reports. According to Parker, "I really hesitate. I have nothing to prove. I want to spend time with my family. And there's another part of me that wants to make one last season. There will be an NBA match in France, in Paris. It will be a beautiful event." The NBA game Parker is referring to is a Jan. 20 matchup between the Bucks and the Hornets next year -- the first-ever regular-season matchup held in Paris. But the veteran also noted that not being in contention for another ring makes him lean toward retirement. "All my life I've played to win titles," said Parker. "With Charlotte being a mid-table team, sometimes you have trouble getting up in the morning to motivate yourself." Either way, it sounds like we'll know soon enough if Parker will return for another NBA season.
Parker is inactive for Sunday's game against the Warriors as a coach's decision. The veteran point guard will miss his seventh straight contest, even after being removed from the team's injury report for a personal matter. The Hornets are hanging on to very slight playoff chances but if they are eliminated, the team could opt to shut down Parker for the remainder of the season.
Parker (personal) is no longer on the injury report and is expected to play Tuesday against San Antonio. Parker missed Sunday's contest against Toronto while tending to a personal matter, but he's expected to be back in action against his former team Tuesday evening. The veteran point guard is averaging 9.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds over his previous six matchups.
Parker (personal) will not be available for Sunday's game against the Raptors. Parker is away from the team while tending to a personal matter, so expect Devonte Graham to pick up increased minutes as the backup to Kemba Walker.
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