San Antonio renounce Jonathon Simmons

Predicting which team will sign Jonathon Simmons if he leaves the Spurs

Predicting which team will sign Jonathon Simmons if he leaves the Spurs

The Spurs reportedly failed to offer Simmons the Early Bird exception, which can be used for players with two years in the league and haven't changed teams during that span. Simmons played his first two National Basketball Association years with the Spurs, putting him in the "Gilbert Arenas" provision, which limits the amount he would earn in the first year to around $8.4 million as a restricted free agent with a 4.5 percent increase the next year.

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.

As a restricted free agent, the Spurs had the right to match any other team's offer.

Though, it was Simmons' performance in the playoffs that will likely lead to his departure from San Antonio.

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Simmons, 27, averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 17.8 minutes a game in 2016-17, his second season in the National Basketball Association. However, he broke out in the playoffs and averaged 10.5 points per game as the Spurs struggled with injuries to Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. He averaged 15.3 points and 3.3 assists, and also drew praise from coach Gregg Popovich for his defense.

"Jon was one of the very few (Spurs) who came to play", Popovich said after Game 2. "He was intense and he played to win".

San Antonio beat Memphis and Houston in the first two rounds of the playoffs before getting swept by Golden State, which went on to win its second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons.

Unrestricted free agent Jonathon Simmons has had no talking with the San Antonio Spurs ever since the team pulled his qualifying offer on Thursday morning, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

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