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Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:00 am

Parker leaves Spurs to sign with Hornets

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – Tony Parker agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, ending a 17-year run with the San Antonio Spurs. And he's not the only veteran on the move.

Oklahoma City and Carmelo Anthony having mutually agreed to part ways, and Dwight Howard set to sign with the Washington Wizards after he clears waivers.

All of those deals were confirmed Friday to the Associated Press by people involved in the negotiations. Each spoke on condition of anonymity because none of the moves is finalized. The Parker move was confirmed by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who thanked the point guard in a statement released by the team.

Parker averaged career-lows of 7.7 points and 19.5 minutes last season, when he lost his starting job. He was part of 137 playoff wins with Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in NBA history. Popovich and Spurs star Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins.

Parker has appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton's run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer.

Anthony has likely played his last game for the Oklahoma City Thunder – with the sides having mutually decided that he will not be on the team next season. It remains unclear how that departure will actually happen, as in whether it will be through a buyout, the Thunder waiving him or a trade for Anthony.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40 percent shooting last season, both of those were career-lows.

Howard started Friday on Charlotte's roster, then was traded to Brooklyn – a deal agreed to days ago, but one that couldn't be completed until Friday when the league's offseason moratorium on player movement ended. The Nets will buy him out, which will pave the way for Howard to eventually sign with the Washington Wizards.

The lifting of the moratorium meant a slew of moves that have been agreed to in recent days could be finalized, such as Rajon Rondo's signing to play with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Pacers to sign ex-Knick O'Quinn

A person familiar with the terms tells the Associated Press that Kyle O'Quinn has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal remains unsigned.

O'Quinn was with the New York Knicks last season.

He becomes the third free agent to pick Indiana this summer, joining Doug McDermott and Tyreke Evans. McDermott and Evans both signed their deals with the Pacers on Friday. 

O'Quinn is entering his seventh NBA season, after spending three with Orlando and three with the Knicks. He averaged a career-high 7.1 points per game last season and has yet to appear in a postseason game.