Tony Parker decided to end his 17-year stay with the San Antonio Spurs in search of a new challenge this summer and signed a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
His decision came as a surprise to many people as he was always expected to end his career with the Spurs.
Seeing the veteran point guard in a different uniform will be a strange sight that will definitely take some getting used to.
He'll be playing backup to Kemba Walker and the Hornets star admitted he was shocked to learn that the future Hall of Famer was heading to Charlotte.
“That was a huge step for him I think,” said Walker, per SB Nation’s Kristen Winfield.
“He’s been there for the last 16, 17 years I think. To leave [San Antonio], it was really surprising.
"I think he just wanted something new, especially at the end of his career. We really wanted him, give him a chance to play some minutes. It’s gonna be fun.”
Parker's addition will certainly help the Hornets as his experience and leadership will be crucial on a team that has underachieved in recent years.
He's already familiar with fellow Frenchman Nicolas Batum but it'll be important for him to quickly develop a relationship with Walker.
The duo met briefly when he signed last month and have communicated since.
“We’ve been texting back and forth and things like that," Walker said. "So far, he’s a good dude. I’m looking forward to being around him some more and learning from him.”
The two-time All-Star may have seven years of NBA experience under his belt with the Hornets but Parker is a four-time champion and he's humble enough to know he can still lean on him for advice.
The 28-year-old is certainly keen to learn some specific tricks that the Spurs legend has mastered over the years.
“I think he’s one of the best in our league at [the in-between game]," he said.
"Guys shoot floaters and shots in that in-between game, but not at a consistent rate.
"[Parker is] one of the very few. So I think that’s something I’m gonna be picking his brain about.”
New Hornets head coach James Borrego worked with the Frenchman as an assistant for San Antonio and may look to use the duo together in the backcourt on some occasions.
This would give the team more options offensively and they'll certainly hope that Parker's presence will help to end their two-year playoff drought.
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