Rick Bonnell: Hornets move Kobi Simmons into the open two-way contract slot, so roster — 15 regular spots, plus two two-ways — is complete for now.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Kobi Simmons. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Simmons, who went undrafted out of the University of Arizona, appeared in one game for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018-19 NBA season. The guard spent most of the season in the G League with the Canton Charge, posting averages of 17.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 35 games played. Simmons appeared in 32 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017-18 NBA season, posting averages of 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets make it official they have signed guard Kobi Simmons. That brings the roster to an NBA maximum 20 for training camp without 2nd-round pick Jalen McDaniels. Doesn’t mean Hornets couldn’t open a spot for McDaniels, but for now, he’s not in Chapel Hill for camp.
Rick Bonnell: Signing Simmons would bring Hornets camp roster to the maximum 20 without so-far unsigned 2nd-round pick Jalen McDaniels. The roster is obviously not set in stone. Hornets still want to explore McDaniels’ potential as a long-term project.
Rick Bonnell: The @greensboroswarm has made a G-League trade to acquire Kobi Simmons’ rights. That’s a move to facilitate Simmons being in @Charlotte Hornets training camp next month.
Greensboro acquires the returning rights to Kobi Simmons and the 14th overall selection in the 2019 NBA G League Draft (originally owned by the Washington Wizards affiliate, Capital City Go-Go) in exchange for the returning rights for Jaylen Barford and the Swarm’s No. 12 pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Kobi Simmons to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today. Simmons (6-4, 170) has played in 30 games (29 starts) this season with the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA G League team, averaging 17.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.3 minutes per game.
JD Shaw: The Cavs will waive recently signed players Scoochie Smith and Isaac Hamilton. The team reached agreement with Kobi Simmons yesterday.
Shams Charania: Sources: Guard Kobi Simmons is signing a one-year deal with the Cavaliers. Simmons was recently released from two-way deal with Memphis.
Peter Edmiston: Grizzlies indeed are waiving two-way player Kobi Simmons. Source familiar with the team's thinking indicates the Grizzlies weren't overly impressed with Simmons and wanted to open the spot for what they feel are better potential alternatives. Expect a signing prior to camp.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Grizzlies have waived guard Kobi Simmons, who was on a two-way contract.
Peter Edmiston: Kobi Simmons is a two-way deal. Selden is a two-year at the minimum, likely only partially guaranteed. twitter.com/Trisity_/statu…
July 28, 2021 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes — the #8 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — was arrested after an alleged violent altercation with police, TMZ Sports has learned … and it apparently got so extreme, the hooper and a cop were taken to a hospital. We’re told law enforcement were called to an LA area home for a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning … and when cops attempted to check on the parties involved, 21-year-old Hayes tried like hell to keep them from entering the premises.
Sources tell us 6’11”, 220-lb. Hayes got combative with cops and a fight broke out … with the ex-Texas Longhorns star getting tased in the middle of the scuffle. The brawl was allegedly so intense, police put out an “officer needs help” radio call. Hayes was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for minor injuries … and an officer involved in the fight also sought treatment, although their condition is unknown.
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The Golden State Warriors are trying to move up in the draft with Jalen Suggs at their target. Suggs has been most strongly linked with the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 as a clear top-3 has formed in Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Jalen Green.
“Number one pick,” he tells me, “that would be a dream come true. I ain’t going to lie. That happens, I’m going to have a breakdown,” he laughs. And, naturally, he has preference in mind. “I want to live in Detroit.” He feels that spot is important to his journey, a reward for his endurance. When I ask him as dinner ends what he wants out of his career, he offers a singular ambition. “I want my respect,” Jalen tells me. “As a person and a basketball player. What comes with this is that people don’t know what you’ve got to sacrifice and go through. Especially when you’re in a small city and basketball takes you down this road and everyone’s still in that small city. It’s personal. A lot of people talk about you on the side. It can get back to your family and everything. And they don’t know what you’ve been through, by yourself, while you’re on that journey.”
“People question if he’s too big time,” Justin “Juice” Huelskamp, one of Jalen’s best friends and high school teammates, tells me. “He’s just adjusting to his new life. This is regular for him now. Sometimes people get that misunderstood.” Jalen’s noticed this too, of course. “This shit’s crazy,” Jalen tells me. “Where we’re from, it’s like not a lot of n-ggas that have done that.” Recently, Jalen and Juice flew back to Fresno to renovate the courts he grew up playing on. He got Adidas to refurbish “The Cage” in Northwest Fresno at Koligan Park, christening the court with a windmill jam in front of the mayor. Brad Roznovsky, Jalen’s high school coach at San Joaquin, couldn’t believe what he saw. “Man, you’re not even a basketball player anymore,” Roznovsky told him. “You’re a frickin celebrity, bro!”
Marc Stein: The Mavericks’ Michael Finley is finalizing a new contract with the team that gives him an expanded role in their front office as assistant GM and vice president of player personnel alongside new Dallas GM Nico Harrison, league sources say.
The G League Ignite is finalizing a deal with USC associate head coach Jason Hart as the program’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Hart, a nine-year NBA veteran, takes over an NBA-run program that produced two of the top of the picks in Thursday’s NBA draft — forwards Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga. Hart, 43, replaces Brian Shaw, who is joining the LA Clippers as their top assistant.