League sources confirmed Friday that Parker, 36, is moving on to Charlotte after securing a two-year, $10 million deal.
Parker is the third player in National Basketball Association history to play at least 17 seasons with one team before leaving.
Parker told ESPN that it was a hard decision, "but I had to move on".
In a story recently published by Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, we learned that Leonard "remains irate" with the French point guard due to his public comments about the injury. Parker received a lot of interest outside of San Antonio, and the Hornets presented an ideal situation for him. His injury was considered more significant than Leonard's, and the team sought advice from the world's best tendon experts for Parker and Leonard.
"But is a reconciliation even possible?"
"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard". As the Spurs note, if you bother to watch the full context of the comments, Parker said "stay positive, just stay positive, it was a rehab for me too for eight months" and the comments can be read as bitter so much as encouraging and advice on how to deal with long-term injury rehabilitation.
The Spurs were reportedly trying to bring Parker back in a mentorship role.
All signs point to Parker eventually landing in Springfield as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Popovich's words in this case seem to paint that picture clearly. My family and house are in San Antonio.
In a odd set of circumstances, Parker's departure could help the Spurs nurse their wounded relationship with franchise talent Kawhi Leonard.