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Magic, Simmons Agree To Terms On Three-Year Contract

San Antonio Express-News
Recap

Updating a previous story, free agent guard Jonathon Simmons signed a three-year, $20 million deal to join the Orlando Magic.

Simmons spent the last couple of seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, where he saw his role on the team gradually increase due to productivity and injury.

This signing comes after the Spurs decided to pull their qualifying offer, making Simmons an unrestricted free agent.

The 27-year-old averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists last season. While the numbers don’t say huge impact, Simmons was able to show how valuable he could be during the San Antonio’s playoff run to the Western Conference Finals last season.

In the Spurs’ last seven playoff games, he averaged 15.4 points and saw his role increase after the team lost Kawhi Leonard due to an ankle injury. On top of the increased scoring, Simmons’ defense attracted positive attention as well.

Now he joins a team that is trying to make their way up the Eastern Conference ladder.

For the previous story, here’s the link: http://www.thesportsquotient.com/nba/2017/7/13/jonathon-simmons-becomes-ufa-after-spurs-renounce-rights

Our Take
Charles Taylor
Senior Reporter, General NFL Reporter

The Magic are getting a diamond in the rough if you ask me, because this is a man in Jonathon Simmons who is hungry and driven. I think the Spurs will miss him tremendously because of the looming monster named the Golden State Warriors. If someone is going to have a chance to beat them, athletes are needed. Simmons did a lot of things for San Antonio, his impact will be missed.

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