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Tony Parker mentioned that he’s undecided on whether he will return to the Charlotte Hornets next season.
During the exit interview following the completion of the 2018-2019 season, Parker was asked if he’ll be back with the team next season. “I don’t know yet, it’s 50/50,” Parker answered per AFP. The Hornets had finished the season a few hours ago with a 122-114 loss to the playoff-bound Orlando Magic.
What could shift Parker to the direction of staying with Charlotte for the one year remaining he has on his contract? A competitive squad, built to contest for a playoffs spot.
“I don’t want to play on a rebuilding team. I want to play on a team that is at last fighting for playoffs,” Parker clarified. The French guard will miss the playoffs this season for the first time in his career after 17 consecutive postseason trips with the San Antonio Spurs.
Parker is going to be 37 years old in May so it’s natural to be weighing his 2019-2020 options with some specific criteria, ahead of what might be the last season of his career. The three-time NBA champion averaged 9.5 points, 3.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in 17.9 minutes over 56 games in 2018-2019.