Jonathon Simmons entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, meaning the San Antonio Spurs could match any offer he received. That’s no longer the case.
Jonathon Simmons became a restricted free agent on July 1. This meant the San Antonio Spurs could match any offer he received from the other 29 NBA teams.
Through 13 days, Simmons hadn’t been offered a contract. The New York Knicks were interested in him, but that may have changed, with the signing of Tim Hardaway Jr.
As of Thursday, Simmons’ situation changed. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Spurs renounced the rights to the 27-year-old, making him an unrestricted free agent. He can sign with any NBA team he wants, without San Antonio getting the right to match the offer.
Sources: The San Antonio Spurs have renounced guard Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2017
Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News confirmed this. He added how Simmons and the Spurs couldn’t agree to a deal or trade.
Can confirm #Spurs renounced Simmons … now an unrestricted free agent. Sides couldn't reach an agreement on a deal or trade. Story coming.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 13, 2017
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski then added how the Spurs and Simmons were still negotiating. So this may not be a closed chapter.
San Antonio is still negotiating with Jonathan Simmons as an UFA, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2017
Simmons played the past two seasons with the team, averaging 6.1 points on 45 percent shooting, along with a knack for sharp perimeter defense.
If Simmons leaves, this could bode well for Kyle Anderson’s playing time. Through three seasons, he averaged just 14.3 minutes per game. So it’s possible he scoops up the leftover time from Simmons, which also depends on how often Gay sees the court. Anderson will enter the final year of his contract in the fall.
Now, it’s time to see where Simmons goes and how quickly he gets signed. The restricted status may have limited teams from bringing him in, with the risk of the Spurs formerly able to match anything he received. Or, as seen with the Hardaway-Knicks deal, it may take a hefty sum to make sure the player’s most recent team doesn’t equal the offer.