Newly Signed Jonathon Simmons Fills Spurs Perimeter Shooting Void

By David Kenyon

It’s been a busy Friday for the San Antonio Spurs, and they finished it off by acquiring a much-needed perimeter threat in shooting guard Jonathon Simmons.

Priority Sports announced the two-year contract via Twitter, while Shams Charania of RealGM indicated the deal is worth the veteran’s minimum. As such, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2011, San Antonio will pay Simmons $525,093.

Like every bench-filling reserve, Simmons shouldn’t be expected to make a regular impact. However, the University of Houston product is a respectable long-range shooter, which is a skill the Spurs backcourt sorely lacked behind Danny Green and Patty Mills.

Simmons spent the last two seasons playing for the Austin Spurs of the D-League, and he raised his three-point clip from 28.4 in 2013-14 to 39.8 last year. If needed, Simmons could step in for a handful of minutes per night to occupy the Marco Belinelli’s trifecta-focused role.

The 6’6″, 195-pound Simmons increased his scoring output from 9.8 to 15.2 while dishing 3.7 assists compared to just 1.4 two campaigns ago. He was named third-team All-Defensive in 2014-15.

Simmons averaged 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds during three Orlando Summer League appearances for the Brooklyn Nets.

After signing Serbian center Boban Marjanovic earlier in the day and now adding Simmons, the Spurs have 13 players on their roster to satisfy the league minimum.

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