The San Antonio Spurs renounced the rights to postseason hero Jonathon Simmons, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.
Simmons had the second-highest scoring total for San Antonio against the Warriors in the postseason with 15.3 ppg. He was expected to be worth around $40 million over three seasons for an average annual value of $13.3 million.
Simmons, 27, had been a restricted free agent, but San Antonio has renounced his rights with hopes of signing him to a new contract. Thursday was the final day that teams could lift qualifying offers from restricted free agents.
However, if the franchise was set on retaining him, they would not have renounced his rights as a restricted free agent. Simmons is reportedly no longer speaking with the Spurs.
New York Knicks
The Knicks were expected become the favorite to sign Simmons before they recently signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (via ESPN):
The Knicks have been in touch with Simmons but would probably need to trade Lee or O’Quinn to make a competitive offer for Simmons, one of the top young two-way players on the market. Earlier this week, Simmons was in active talks with two other teams. The Knicks probably need to make a move soon if they have serious interest in Simmons. Their recent contact with him would suggest they’re at least open to that.
New York has already reached out to Simmons about a potential deal but would need to make a deal to make room for him on their roster.
If the Carmelo Anthony deal materializes soon, expect the Knicks to try and sign Simmons.
After the Wizards matched the recent offer for Otto Porter Jr., Brooklyn regained their cap space (via The Sports Daily):
Even though the Nets have four shooting guards and two small forwards, Simmons could either start or come off the bench to provide wing depth at either position.
The Nets recently acquired DeMarre Carroll from the Raptors who could pair well with Simmons for a defensive impact in Brooklyn.
After waiving Boris Diaw, the Jazz will have roughly $14 million in cap space to offer Simmons next year. He could split time with Rodney Hood. However, Utah already has lots of plenty of players under contract for next season.
Simmons would be a legitimate candidate to start over Terrence Ross considering Orlando has approximately $14.5 million in cap space.
Even with Bojan Bogdanovic recently signed by the Pacers, they could still bring over Simmons to add depth as a swingman in Indiana.
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