Former Spurs great Parker retiring after 18 seasons

Former Spurs point guard Tony Parker spent this past season with the Hornets.

Longtime San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has decided to retire rather than enter free agency, Parker told Marc Spears of The Undefeated.

Parker, 37, spent this past season with the Charlotte Hornets.

“I’m going to retire,” Parker told Spears. “I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore.”

Parker was the 28th overall pick in the 2001 draft and debuted with the Spurs that fall. He spent 17 seasons with the franchise, becoming a regular All-Star alongside the likes of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and under coach Gregg Popovich.

During his run with the Spurs, Parker won four championships and was selected as Finals MVP in 2007.

“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker said. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”

Parker averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists for his career. A native of France, he appeared in 226 playoff games and averaged 18.9 points and 5.1 assists.