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Tony Parker: I will retire as a Spurs player, I always love San Antonio and the Spurs

T. Parker (Getty)

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After 17 glorious seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker will be playing for the Hornets after inking an offseason deal.

It will be his second team in his entire NBA career but that won't stop him from retiring as a Spur.

Speaking with Chinese site HUPU, Parker made it clear, he will retire with the silver and black.

Is it possible that you will retire as a Spurs player in the future?
Yes, I will retire as a Spurs player.

This won't be new territory in Spurs franchise history.

Sean Elliott was dealt to the Pistons in his career only to see his Spurs jersey retired. Same goes for George Gervin who was traded to the Bulls.

Much like other players in the past, it won't be out of the realm of possibility Parker signs with the Spurs only to then retire a member of the roster much like Paul Pierce did with Boston.

And Parker doesn't rule out going back to the team that launched his pro-career.

Do you still have the possibility to return to the Spurs?
I will never say impossible. Now I have signed a two-year contract with the Hornets, and no one will know about the future.

Parker signed a 2-year deal with the Hornets and will rejoin former Spurs coach James Borrego who is the new head coach in Charlotte.

But San Antonio will always be in his heart.

I always love San Antonio and the Spurs.

Parker will make his lone appearance in San Antonio next season on Jan. 14 2019 which will likely be one emotional night for all at the AT&T Center.

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