But Parker said that despite a solid season in Charlotte, he no longer saw a reason to keep playing.
That dream ended on Monday as the legendary French point guard told The Undefeated's Marc Spears that "if I can't be Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore".
"It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!" he said.
He played in 1,198 regular-season games over 17 seasons with the Spurs and signed with the Charlotte Hornets for the 2018-19 season, when he averaged 9.5 points in 56 games. In 2007, Parker was named as the first European best player of the final series, a total of six times he was in the All-Star game.
"I want to congratulate Tony on a truly remarkable career".
Outside of the NBA, Parker is president of ASVEL Basket, a French basketball team based in Lyon.
After 16-years in the NBA, Wade announced that the 2018-2019 NBA season would be his last. "Thank you for everything!"
Prior to joining the Hornets, Parker was with the Spurs for his entire career.
He won National Basketball Association titles with the Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. His impact on the game of basketball and the path he laid out for global stars have no equal.
"For 17 years, every year that I started with the Spurs, I really thought that we had a good chance to win the championship", Parker said.
I knew this day was coming, and I knew I'd never be prepared for it. "It's insane. We came from three different backgrounds and came together". "I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to retirement".
"It never gets old, and so that's why it was nice to win with my women's team, because winning championships is hard to explain to somebody how you feel", shared Parker.