Anthony Slater: Source: Jonathon Simmons, who participated (and impressed) in the Warriors’ recent bubble minicamp, is signing in China with the Liaoning Flying Leopards. Steve Kerr said he believes Simmons still does have “NBA years” ahead of him.
One of five G League players in minicamp with the Warriors, Jonathon Simmons, 31, is intent on showing Golden State’s front office that he is still the same defensive-minded wing who was once a key member of winning San Antonio teams. His chances of making the Warriors’ 15-man roster are slim, but he understands as well as anyone how to overcome long odds.
“I’m taking this opportunity for whatever the opportunity is going to be, and I’m just hoping for the best out of it,” said Simmons, who has arrived early to minicamp practices over the past week to work on the jump shot that hurt him in stops with Orlando and Philadelphia. “At this point, I’m just trying to control whatever I can control.”
“I’m a big fan of Jonathon’s,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “I love his story. I love how hard he had to work to get to the NBA. I really love his presence. … I think he belongs in the NBA.” Added center Marquese Chriss: “Personally, I think he’s a hell of a basketball player. … He has the all-around potential to make this team and make an impact.”
Kyle Neubeck: A summary of Philly’s depth problem last year: Jonathon Simmons, who was fighting for a spot in the Sixers’ playoff rotation four-ish months ago, is currently playing in the TBT game on ESPN right now
Fred Katz: Chance the Wizards don’t keep Jonathon Simmons, whose contract is only partially guaranteed before July 1. Wizards could look to trade or waive him before then.
Casey Keirnan: Source tells me Spurs never made Jonathon Simmons a single offer throughout free agency despite reports to the contrary.
Chuck Miketinac: Agent Cervando Tejeda on Spurs lifting "restricted" tag from Jonathon Simmons's free agency, "they did us a huge favor." "Pop understood where Jonathon was coming from, and what he wanted to do with his career,and the next steps, so he did us a favor for sure."
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.
December 4, 2022 | 6:14 am EST Update
Floyd Mayweather didn’t deny the possibility of seeking ownership for a potential team in either Las Vegas or Seattle as well as an existing team. “It could be the Vegas franchise. It could be the Seattle franchise or I could be buying a franchise that’s already up and running,” said Mayweather. “So the first offer, we offered them a little over $2 billion for majority ownership. Do I have it? Absolutely, I have it, but it didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen overnight. It’s a lot when you have so many different businesses all around the world. It’s a lot.”
Mayweather indicated that he and his business partners continue to pursue the purchase of an NBA team. Mayweather didn’t indicate which franchise was in his sights but indicated that the pursuit has been in the works for an extended period. “I’ve been working on buying a NBA team outright,” said Mayweather. “One of my other business partners, Brent Johnson, he’s here. So we’ve been working on the NBA team for a while now. It’s kinda, it’s rough.”
Daily Loud: Floyd Mayweather is currently trying to purchase an NBA team, he already offered $2 Billion to buy one of the NBA franchises.
Bradley Beal explained why he re-signed with the Washington Wizards during a recent episode of No Chill with Gilbert Arenas. (via No Chill with Gilbert Arenas): “But to have the pieces we have, we have enough to know that we can compete on a nightly basis with no BS. We know that we got a job, everybody’s able to be a star in their role, and we can go do that. On the flip side of it, the business side of it. There were no teams in the market, free agency-wise. I’m just being frank. There was nowhere else for me to go where I can be like, ‘Oh, I can go win.’ It was teams that strategically wasn’t what I wanted. So realistically, I wouldn’t say my hand was forced, but this was my best decision and best option on the table at the time.”
“Not everybody gives you a voice in the organization. I have a voice here. I never had a chance to fully play a year with KP. That enticed me. He’s probably the best big I’ve played with. I like Kuz’s ability to be able to spread his wings a little bit more, develop into the player that we think he can be. I like the young core that we were developing. Rui is really good, had an awesome summer. Deni’s just gonna continue to get better. And then Corey’s a knockdown shooter, who is a Pro’s Pro. We still need to get better. I’m not sitting here saying, ‘We’re gonna hold up the Larry. We’re going to beat Milwaukee tomorrow.’ No.”
Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert was ejected in the first half of the Saturday’s 135-128 loss to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder after he appeared to purposefully trip Kenrich Williams. Gobert contested Williams on a drive to the rim with 9:22 to go in the second quarter, causing Williams to fall to the ground. Gobert tripped over Williams and while down on the court appeared to sweep a leg out in an attempt to trip Williams when the Thunder forward was attempting to get up. A brief scuffle ensued, after which Gobert was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected. Williams received a technical foul. “I trust that they got it right,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said of the officials’ ruling.
Jon Krawczynski: Finch: “I think for sure, the frustrations boiled over. It was not the most mature effort by us. We needed a way more mature effort than that. We needed to do the little things better like take care of the ball and make the next rotation on defense. That’s what cost us the game.”
Christopher Hine: Naz Reid on the Wolves’ emotions: “That’s something that we got to work on as a team. Our veteran guys, they know better. They know they made mistakes, & they know that might’ve cost us moments in the game. We’re not blaming anybody. It is what it is. We just got to be better.”