The San Antonio Spurs could lose Jonathon Simmons, but still have his rights as a restricted free agent. They’re already looking to re-sign him, too.
Jonathon Simmons didn’t make his NBA debut until age 26, but instantly became a presence for the San Antonio Spurs. He played off the bench, averaging 6.0 points per game and was a defensive stalwart. This earned Simmons more time in the 2016-17 NBA season.
So, to followed up on the Houston product’s rookie year, he put up 6.2 points in 78 games, but only improving as a role player in the league. His Per 36 Minutes numbers also showed an ability for him to fill up the stat sheet, with 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.
Simmons could be gone soon, though. He’s a restricted free agent, meaning the Spurs can match any offer given to him. However, if the deal is too large for the team’s liking, they can choose not to equal the opposing organization’s offer.
Well, to potentially prevent this from happening, the Spurs are offering Simmons a deal worth $9 million per season, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The length of the deal is unknown.
Word is San Antonio has been preparing an offer for fast-developing restricted free agent Jonathon Simmons in the $9 million range annually
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2017
If true, a four-year deal could make sense, especially as other franchises try to pry restricted free agents away with the biggest offer possible. That would take Simmons into age 31 season, and while it’s unknown how he’ll progress, he has all the makings of being a top perimeter defender in the NBA.
If Simmons returns, he should spell the shooting guard and small forward spots again. An emphasis could be put on the former if Danny Green is traded. Would he then start?
The market for Simmons should develop on Saturday, July 1, as free agency begins. It may not take $9 million to keep him, if another team balloons that number to either make San Antonio pay more, or if they’re desperate to take him away.