Free agent Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year deal with the Orlando Magic, agent Cervando Tejada tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 14, 2017
Simmons, 27, was a restricted free-agent coming into the off-season but had his rights renounced as San Antonio claimed to have wanted to work out a deal. After pulling the qualifying offer though it was reported by News4 San Antonio’s Casey Keirnan that the Spurs never made another offer.
Sources: The San Antonio Spurs have renounced guard Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2017
The Houston native blossomed into a good two-way player coming off the Spurs bench, while his 6.6 points per-game in the regular season may not seem like a big deal the 10.2 points he averaged in 20 minutes of postseason play indicated he was ready for a bigger role.
A true underdog story, Simmons went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft and had to pay $150 registraion fee at a D-league tryout. Out of the 60 or so players who attended the tryout Simmons stood out leading to a contract with the Spurs affiliate in Austin. His play was so impressive it earned him a three-year deal with the Spurs.
From literally not even being considered for the NBA, Simmons now signs a three-year, $20 million deal. With a young rebuilding Magic organization, Simmons will have a huge chance as a sixth-man in a rotation where he figures to play a large role.