Jonathon Simmons has found a new home
It didn’t take Jonathon Simmons long to find a new team. Roughly 24 hours after being renounced by the San Antonio Spurs, Simmons has agreed to a contract with the Orlando Magic.
One of the NBA’s best stories, in 2013, Simmons paid $150 for the right to try out for the San Antonio Spurs D-League (now G-League) team the Austin Toros. After playing in the developmental league for two seasons, Simmons made his debut with the Spurs on November 14th, 2015.
The powerful wing was with the Spurs from 2015-2017, playing in 133 games (with 10 starts) over those two seasons. He averaged 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 16.6 minutes a night while playing high-level defense and providing regular highlight dunks.
During the 2017 playoffs, injuries to Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard pushed Simmons into a bigger role with the team and he responded by averaging 10.5 points in 20.4 minutes a game while shooting 35% from the outside.
Four years after paying to try out for a D-League team, Simmons has signed a three-year, $20 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
With his work ethic, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him named the team’s opening night starter at small forward where his athleticism, toughness, and defense would nicely compliment the scoring ability of Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon.