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San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Knicks Interested in Jonathon Simmons

By Rob Wolkenbrod
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Jonathon Simmons
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Jonathon Simmons /

The San Antonio Spurs haven’t re-signed Jonathon Simmons yet, who drew interest from multiple teams, including the New York Knicks.

The San Antonio Spurs have been somewhat quiet in NBA free agency. They re-signed one of their own, bringing back Patty Mills, on a 4-year, $50 million deal. However, many former Spurs remain available in free agency.

Jonathon Simmons is a restricted free agent. So far, no one offered him a contract, which means the Spurs haven’t needed to match a presented deal.

Teams showed interest in Simmons, though. This includes the New York Knicks. ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that New York “reached out” to Simmons, who is also in “active” talks with two other teams.

Knicks have reached out to Spurs restricted FA Jonathon Simmons, league sources say. Simmons is in active talks with 2 teams, per sources.

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 4, 2017

This comes after the Spurs had a $9 million salary ready for him. There hasn’t been anything on if the team made an offer to Simmons, although it would make more sense for him to see what another organization gives first.

If the Spurs can retain Simmons, he should take a bench role again, with the potential for increased minutes. He’s one of the team’s perimeter defensive stoppers and would likely fill this role if he re-signs.

Simmons is only two years into his NBA career. He made his debut in the 2015-16 season at age 26, playing a bench role in 55 games for San Antonio.

This past season, Simmons received a boost in playing time, averaging nearly 18 minutes per game. He played in 78 of a possible 82 games, making 8 starts.

The 2017 playoffs saw Simmons average 10.5 points in 15 games, 4 of which were starts. He also shot 45 percent from the field.

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Spurs fans will wait to see who gives Simmons a deal, and if San Antonio chooses to match it. There’s no guarantee this happens, given that a contract from another team could be too much for them to equal.