One day after the San Antonio Spurs renounced Jonathon Simmons, he signed with the Orlando Magic.
Jonathon Simmons’ name went through the rumor mill on Thursday, as the San Antonio Spurs renounced his rights, making him an unrestricted free agent. The team previously extended a qualifying offer to him once free agency opened.
Then, the story came out of the Spurs shopping Simmons in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. Tyson Chandler would have come back to the Alamo City, in exchange for Simmons.
Well, one day later, Simmons found a new home. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Orlando Magic reached an agreement with the 27-year-old. He’ll join them on a three-year deal.
Spurs free agent Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2017
It’s quite the change of scenery for Simmons, who will go from one of the top teams in the NBA to a rebuilding situation in Orlando. He should slide in, in a rotation with players like Evan Fournier, Mario Hezonja, Terrence Ross, and Jonathon Isaac at the wing positions.
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In two years with the Spurs, Simmons averaged 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists on 45 percent shooting. He broke out in the 2017 playoffs, posting 10.5 points and a 35 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
As for Simmons’ Spurs replacement, could it be from within? That could feature an increase in minutes Kyle Anderson, who averaged just 14.2 minutes in the 2016-17 season. New signing Brandon Paul is an option, as he plays the shooting guard position and has a 6-foot-10 wingspan, at a height of 6-foot-4. While not the defensive standout Simmons was, he could scoop up a few of those remaining minutes.
A more offensive option, would be Bryn Forbes. He broke out in the 2017 Summer League, posting 99 points in his last three games. After only playing in 36 games in the 2016-17 season, Forbes is a candidate to take a chunk of those available minutes.
How will the Spurs look without Simmons? Who will replace him?