A story recently published by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne claimed Leonard "remains irate" with Parker's attitude - but after the six-time All-Star's move to Charlotte this week, it remains to be seen if reconciliation is still out of the question.
Parker saw his starting point guard duties diminished with the arrival of Dejounte Murray.
Gregg Popovich played a huge role in turning the 36-year-old into an National Basketball Association star after he was drafted with the 28th pick in 2001 straight from France. Parker has been relegated to the sick bay in the past two seasons, seeing his minutes drop, and his appearances reduced to 55 and 63 games respectively.
Still, even though it makes sense why the Spurs have moved on, it's going to be odd to see Parker in a uniform other than the black and white of the Spurs. He was part of 137 playoff wins with Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in National Basketball Association history. Popovich and Spurs legend Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins.
Parker's leadership was evident during the Spurs' attempts to ameliorate Kawhi Leonard during the latter's lost season of 2017-18.
With that in mind, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich penned a heartfelt tribute to Parker, which the Spurs presented on Friday afternoon. And Parker is close friends with Charlotte's Nicolas Batum, who predictably was thrilled by the news. During his career, the six-time All-Star averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 assists. Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton's run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer.
It has been an offseason like no other for the Spurs. He did not coach in Games 3, 4 or 5 (Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina handled those duties) vs.