Jonathon Simmons: Arguably one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Thanks to the entire @spurs organization for the opportunity and love!
The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Jonathon Simmons, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
Jabari Young: From J-Simms to @ExpressNews ... "It's a business." He's happy with the 3-year, $20M deal signed with #Magic ... #Spurs .. story later
Jabari Young: League sources tell @ExpressNews news Simmons' with #Magic deal is 3-year deal $20 million all guaranteed. #Spurs
David Aldridge: All guaranteed money for Jonathon Simmons's three-year deal in Orlando, per source (@Adrian Wojnarowski first with agreement).
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year deal with the Orlando Magic, agent Cervando Tejada tells ESPN.
Shams Charania: Spurs free agent Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell The Vertical.
Jabari Young: Just to clarify something that has confused everyone. #Spurs still have Simmons' rights, they pulled the $1.6 QO. Still have Early bird
Mike Fisher: I'm told #Mavs are continuing to weigh the merit of a Jonathan Simmons pursuit. Seems pricy. Stay tuned.
David Aldridge: Strong interest in Jonathan Simmons, now a UFA after Spurs pulled QO. A couple of teams in front; decision could come by the weekend.
League sources tell the Express-News the Spurs didn’t offer Simmons their mid-level exception, which would give him a starting salary of $8.4 million next season.
According to league sources, Simmons’ representatives then spoke with Spurs officials late Wednesday in Las Vegas, where it was requested he become an unrestricted free agent. The team granted the request Thursday morning, the last day teams can pull qualifying offers.
Before the start of free agency, sources said Simmons had about 12 teams interested in signing him, including the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. But with a tight restricted free agent market, it became difficult to secure a deal.
Simmons and the Spurs have had no new negotiations since the qualifying offer was pulled Thursday, and Simmons has focused fully on signing elsewhere, agent Cervando Tejeda told The Vertical. Multiple teams were heavily involved throughout Simmons’ restricted free agency, but now will be more engaged with the unexpected renouncing of his rights, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Jonathon Simmons is talking to several teams on the market now, league sources tell ESPN. No assurance he returns to Spurs.
Adrian Wojnarowski: San Antonio is still negotiating with Jonathan Simmons as an UFA, league sources tell ESPN.
Jabari Young: Can confirm #Spurs renounced Simmons ... now an unrestricted free agent. Sides couldn't reach an agreement on a deal or trade. Story coming.
Shams Charania: Sources: The San Antonio Spurs have renounced guard Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Spurs have not taken the “match-any-offer” path with Simmons, but they are expected to match reasonable offers, and sources indicated that they’d be willing to offer Simmons a contract in the range of $30 million over three years. Simmons is seeking an offer sheet that can beat that, and he has gotten interest from the Knicks and Kings, both of whom have the space to push Simmons into the three-year, $40 million range.
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.
Steve Mills is in Orlando, looking at possibly clearing the decks for 2018 and 2019 free agency, according to sources. If free agency dries up for the Knicks (they still are in the forward mix for Phoenix’ Alan Williams and San Antonio’s Jonathan Simmons), a league source said they would look at a trade to fill in their cap space.
Knicks have reached out to Spurs restricted FA Jonathon Simmons, league sources say. Simmons is in active talks with 2 teams, per sources.
Beyond Gallinari and Gay, the Clippers also have interest in Jonathan Simmons, a rookie in San Antonio last year, and Miami’s James Johnson.
Jeff McDonald: As expected significant interest in Jonathon Simmons. Clippers, Minny especially interesting. He's restricted, so Spurs can match offers.
The Spurs already tendered a qualifying offer to Simmons, a homegrown talent, and because he's a restricted free agent, the team has a right to match any offer he receives -- something it won't do if competing offers get out of hand. A source confirmed the Spurs are working on an offer that would pay Simmons annually in the $9 million range.
Many in the Knicks' organization also are high on Spurs wing Jonathon Simmons (as are 29 other teams). But Simmons will be a restricted free agent, so San Antonio can match all offers made to the 27-year-old.
March 6, 2021 | 9:32 pm EST Update
Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton has not been shy about his desire to dive back into the NBA—as a coach. He told Yahoo! Sports last October that he had conversations about joining a coaching staff, “but the timing wasn’t right. I believe I now am ready to coach.” He did not, in the end, join a staff for this season, but now Payton says something is in the works and that could change shortly.
He was coy with specifics, but when asked, he told me about his desire to coach, “It is still the case. I got a surprise coming for a lot of people pretty soon. I don’t want to announce it right now, but you’ll see it pretty soon in the next couple of weeks, I hope everybody will be excited about it.”
He didn’t name any teams, but Payton has said he would like to work with young players, and logical speculation would hold that he could land in Atlanta to mentor star guard Trae Young. Payton’s old teammate and close friend, Nate McMillan, took over the Hawks job after Lloyd Pierce was fired this week. Another possibility would be Detroit, where coach Dwane Casey is overseeing a rebuilding project with a slew of young players for the Pistons. Casey was an assistant coach for Payton’s great Supersonics teams in the 1990s.
Cody Taylor: The NBA G League Ignite have clinched a playoff berth with tonight’s 127-92 win over the Austin Spurs. The group will play at least one more game this season as the playoffs begin on Monday.
Troy Brown: Please help me find my dog, Dex. He’s been missing since yesterday (March 5th). He went missing in the Kalorama neighborhood near 2535 Belmont Rd NW in DC. He’s an extremely friendly dog but he’s probably scared… only weighs about 15 pounds. He has tan and white fur.
March 6, 2021 | 6:25 pm EST Update
Law Murray: Silver says that 25 percent of NBA players come from out of United States, promotes G-League/G-League Ignite as a paid option for some talents while league continues to discuss one-and-done rule