According to the always-reliable Shams Charania, the Kings may be looking to fill their small forward gap with current Spur bench player, Jonathon Simmons.
Sources: RFA Jonathon Simmons has started meeting process, gauging interest from interested teams such as Sacramento, Clippers, Minnesota.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2017
Simmons is a fairly new addition to the NBA, but he isn’t exactly a spring chicken as he’ll turn 28 years old before the new season begins. In his two years with the Spurs he’s demonstrated himself to be an above-average defender, but he doesn’t add much on the offensive end of the floor. He wasn’t a great scorer, shooter, rebounder, or passer as his main role in San Antonio was as a bench ball-hawk and perimiter defender.
Earlier in the night, the Spurs offered their restricted free agent a deal in the range of $9 million per year.
Word is San Antonio has been preparing an offer for fast-developing restricted free agent Jonathon Simmons in the $9 million range annually— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2017
The Kings can offer Simmons more money and a starting role, so if the inexperienced guard is looking for both a payday and playing time, Sacramento may have the edge.
Personally, I think Simmons is a bit of a risk as a signing as he’s only been in the league for two years, has played in the perfect system with an all-time great coach, and his lack of ability to knock down jump shots may not exactly pair well with De’Aaron Fox’s lack of a perimeter game.
If the price is right, Simmons is a hard worker who has great defensive chops, but Sacramento shouldn’t panic and overspend for a player who may not fill their needs as well as other available free agents. A contract in the range of 3 years for $33 million would probably be about my comfort limit.