Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Spurs, free agent guard Jonathon Simmons to part ways

Spurs, free agent guard Jonathon Simmons to part ways

The San Antonio Spurs have renounced guard/forward Jonathon Simmons.

Simmons and the Spurs had no new contract negotiations, so Simmons focused fully on signing elsewhere, league sources said. It came after contract talks "stalled" between the Spurs and Simmons, as the former wouldn't offer the mid-level exception for the 2017-18 season worth $8.4 million.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the Spurs and Simmons are negotiating a new deal, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Simmons is now talking to several teams on the market and there is no assurance he will return to the Spurs.

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. Thursday was the final day that teams could lift qualifying offers from restricted free agents.

Before the Spurs took a chance on the 27-year-old Simmons, he faced a long battle to make it to the National Basketball Association.

Making his second start of the playoffs, Simmons had a playoff career-high 22 points and added three rebounds and three assists in Game 2 against the Warriors.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Spurs have reached agreement on a guaranteed deal with Euroleague guard Brandon Paul, who played in Turkey a year ago and suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League. He shot 50.4 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line. The Houston product also had a highly-regarded defensive reputation.

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