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Former Spurs guard Parker says he has no problem with Leonard

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137   //    07 Jul 2018, 08:33 IST
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Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard

Tony Parker does not have an issue with former San Antonio Spurs team-mate Kawhi Leonard.

The 36-year-old Parker agreed on Friday to leave the Spurs after 17 seasons and sign a two-year, $10million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

Parker told ESPN following the departure he never felt any tension with his former team-mate.

"I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard," Parker said.

"We never had an argument."

Leonard demanded a trade out of San Antonio after he was limited to just nine games in 2017-18 because of an injured right quad. He reportedly had a tense relationship with the Spurs throughout his rehab process.

Parker said in March he had suffered a similar injury to Leonard's but his was "100 times worse". Those comments were Leonard's "last straw" with the Spurs, according to a recent report from ESPN.

Parker said Friday his words were taken out of context.

"I said yes because it was true." Parker said to ESPN.

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"But that didn't lessen the significance of his injury. He took over the franchise and I gave up the torch of the franchise willingly.

"It's very sad that the media took one quote and made it sound like I didn't want to play with him. He was the face of the franchise."

The Spurs have reportedly spoken with the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers about a potential deal for Leonard.

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