Spurs, free agent guard Jonathon Simmons to part ways

Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons is now an unrestricted free agent

Simmons' agent, Cervando Tejada, informed The Vertical that his client is focused on signing elsewhere. 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.

However, before the Spurs did this, they shopped Simmons for a sign-and-trade, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

League sources said Simmons' representatives met with Spurs officials and requested that he be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent.

Simmons played in 78 games last season, averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 17.8 minutes.

He had a great postseason, though, averaging 10.5 points per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from deep.

With Kawhi Leonard injured, Simmons started the last three games of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State and was arguably the Spurs' best player in the series. "He was intense and he played to win".

Simmons, 27, had been a restricted free agent before San Antonio renounced his rights with hopes of signing him to a new contract.

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



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