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Report | Spurs renounce guard Jonathon Simmons

Jonathon Simmons will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge. Photo: Sue Ogrocki /Associated Press
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The San Antonio Spurs have renounced guard Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Spurs are still negotiating with Simmons, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, although Charania says that Simmons plans to sign elsewhere.

The 27-year-old Simmons was a late bloomer in the NBA.

He played his college basketball at the University of Houston but went undrafted in 2012 after opting to forgo his senior season.

Eventually, Simmons tried out for the Austin Toros (now the Austin Spurs), the Spurs’ D-League basketball team, in September 2013. He played two seasons with Austin before landing with the Brooklyn Nets’ Summer League team in Orlando in June 2015.

However, after three games with the Nets’ Summer League squad, Simmons received an invite to play with the Spurs’ Summer League squad in Las Vegas and immediately joined San Antonio.

After an impressive showing, the Spurs signed him to an NBA contract.

Simmons had a solid rookie campaign in limited action. He played in 55 games, averaging six points in 14.8 minutes a night. He shot 50.4 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Last season, Simmons’ role increased, as he played in 78 contests and recorded 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game. On the downside, he made just 42 percent of his shots and 29.4 percent of his long-range tries.

He had a great postseason, though, averaging 10.5 points per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from deep. He also played tough, hard-nosed defense, particularly on James Harden during the Spurs’ second-round playoff victory over the Houston Rockets.

San Antonio originally tended a $1.6 million qualifying offer to Simmons to make him a restricted free agent back on June 21, but it has now decided to renounce his rights.

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