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Bobby Simmons
Bobby Simmons
Position: None
Born: 06/02/80
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:227 lbs. / 103.4 kg.
Simmons, for his part, has maintained his basketball training while managing his business ventures in Chicago. The 6-foot-6 forward carved a decade-long career providing size on the wing and an outside presence, averaging nine points on nearly 40 percent shooting three-point shooting after being a second round draft pick in 2001. He latched on with the Los Angeles Clippers late in the 2011-12 season and sat out last year. At 33 now, Simmons still believes he has basketball left to offer a team in the NBA. “Of course I can help a team, but it’s a business of basketball,” Simmons told RealGM. “Just finding that right fit, having the opportunity. I’m still training. I just do my job and stay in the gym. I’m always ready.”
He remains optimistic and views Leandro Barbosa‘s late signing with the Boston Celtics and Eddy Curry signing with Dallas just days before the start of the season as hope that he’ll, too, soon find a new home. “Ultimately, I have to stay ready, which I am, as far as in the gym, and stay positive,” Howard said. “I don’t think my career’s over.” Other notable players still looking for a team: Guards: Derek Fisher, Gilbert Arenas (in talks with Chinese team), Baron Davis, Earl Boykins, Mickael Pietrus, Michael Redd, Maurice Evans, Jason Kapono. Forwards/Centers: Kenyon Martin, Shawne Williams, Quentin Richardson, Bobby Simmons, Bill Walker, Jamario Moon, Renaldo Balkman, Ryan Gomes, Troy Murphy, Josh Powell, Derrick Caracter, Ben Wallace, Greg Oden, Sean Williams, Tony Battie, Mehmet Okur.
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The Los Angeles Clippers today re-signed free agent forward Bobby Simmons, whose second 10-day contract with the Clippers expired on March 18th. In 13 games played for the Clippers this season, Simmons has tallied 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while shooting .371 from behind the three-point line. Simmons, who was the 29th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 season when the Clippers signed him to his original 10-day contract on February 27th, averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games played for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League this season. Simmons also played ten games for the Bighorns during the 2010-11 season after playing two games with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign forward Bobby Simmons for the rest of the season, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Sunday. Simmons, who was signed to a second 10-day contract on Mar. 9, has played in 12 games for the Clippers and averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 32.7 percent from the field. “Bobby’s done a really good job on team defense and gets his hand on a lot of balls,” Del Negro said. “He’s a really good guy. He’s a pro. I’ve really liked him. I know [Clippers general manager] Neil [Olshey] has liked him.”
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The Clippers have signed forward Bobby Simmons to a second 10-day contract, the team announced Friday. Simmons has averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in six games with the team while playing backup to Caron Butler. He’s also shot well from the three-point-line, making seven of his 16 attempts. Simmons was called up from the D-League and was offered his initial 10-day contract on Feb. 27 after averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games with the Reno Bighorns.
This week, the Suns worked out a number of shooting guards and small forwards including Jermaine Taylor, Michael Finley and Al Thornton among others. Yesterday, the Clippers held a workout of their own that was attended by Taylor, Finley and Bobby Simmons. Both teams will continue to evaluate players and weigh their options in the coming weeks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the more proactive NBA teams when it comes to taking advantage of its D-League counterpart in the Tulsa 66ers, but they’ll take a look at a host of other free agents Tuesday and Wednesday during a free agent mini-camp according to sources with knowledge of the workout. The Thunder have invited guards Blake Ahearn, Matt Janning, Jerome Dyson and Marquez Haynes; wings Bobby Simmons, James Singleton, DeMarre Carroll and Joe Alexander; and bigs Ryan Reid, Latavious Williams, Arinze Onuaku, Marquis Gilstrap, Tony Gaffney, Rob Kurz and Stephane Lasme. Those names are fluid, however, meaning a few more could be added to the list by the time workouts are actually underway.
“Muss wanted to bring me in so I said I’d come. I thought about it for a while and figured it can’t hurt anything,” Simmons said. “NBA teams are still watching and guys get called up from here all the time. The opportunity to still play is there. That’s the main thing that brought me here. “A lot of guys sit at home and work out and wait for the call from an NBA team. But there’s only so long you want to wait before you take the challenge and decide to either sit around and wait or to do something about it.”
Bobby Simmons averaged more than nine points per game, was named the Most Improved Player in 2005 and made nearly $50 million in a nine-year NBA career. So why is the 30-year-old forward lacing up his Jordan brand sneakers every day to run up and down the court with D-League players sometimes 10 years his junior? “I still have the passion for the game,” Simmons says matter-of-factly, his shirt drenched in sweat and ice packs on both knees following a recent Reno Bighorns practice. “I got tired of watching other people play basketball. I think that was the main thing: I was never done playing. I still had the drive and motivation to get out there and just play.”
According to a source close to the situation, NBA veteran Bobby Simmons has signed a D-League contract and will be claimed by the Reno Bighorns once he clears waivers on Wednesday. Simmons, a nine-year NBA veteran, began this season with the San Antonio Spurs but was waived after just two games in favor of Chris Quinn and hasn’t played professionally since. The 30-year-old wing didn’t score in his 16 minutes of action this season.
Veteran guard Chris Quinn was added to the Spurs roster Friday afternoon. He will replace Bobby Simmons, who was placed on waivers. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that the 6-foot-2 Quinn’s experience and shooting ability made him an intriguing addition. Popovich also said the move of adding Quinn on a non-guaranteed contract isn’t necessarily related to Simmons’ waiving. “It’s not a tit-for-tat situation,” Popovich said. “You make a mistake when you think one is for the other.”