One day after the San Antonio Spurs renounced the rights to Jonathon Simmons, thus making him an unrestricted free agent, the shooting guard has reportedly found a new home. According to a report by Shams Charania of The Vertical, Simmons has agreed to a 3-year contract with the Orlando Magic worth a reported $20 million.
Simmons made his breakthrough with the Spurs during the 2015-16 season, averaging 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 55 appearances. Simmons earned even more playing time in 2016-17, appearing in 78 games and averaging 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per contest. According to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs entertained the possibility of a sign-and-trade deal that would have sent Simmons to Phoenix.
However, San Antonio’s reluctance to take on the two years remaining on center Tyson Chandler’s contract (approximately $26 million) resulted in the deal being nixed. San Antonio then made the decision to rescind the qualifying offer made to Simmons, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
Simmons joins an Orlando roster that has Evan Fournier as its best off-guard at present time. Fournier averaged a team-high 17.2 points per game in 2016-17 while also contributing 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The Magic also have Terrence Ross, who was acquired in the trade deadline deal that sent Serge Ibaka to Toronto. In 24 games for the Magic, Ross averaged 12.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest.
Orlando agreed to a deal with guard Shelvin Mack earlier this week, and the team picked up Wesley Iwundu with the 33rd overall pick in last month’s draft. Elfrid Payton, who averaged 12.8 points and 6.5 assists per game last season, is expected to once again be the team’s starting point guard in 2017-18.