Jonathon Simmons to earn only $6 million on average annually with the Magic
The Orlando Magic have not been active this summer. The organization had the 6th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft and took forward Jonathan Isaac. During the free agency period, the team made only two moves. Firstly, guard Shelvin Mack was signed on a two-year, $12 million deal, in a move that did not gain a lot of attention.
However, the second move raised eyebrows around the nation. The Magic signed former San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons. Even more surprising than the Spurs letting him walk, was the fact that he signed a very team-friendly deal.
ESPN Sources: Terms of Jonathon Simmons' three-year Orlando deal: $6.3M, $6M and $5.7M — with partial guarantee of $1M in final season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2017
As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, without incentives and similar things, his deal is worth around $18 million. The first year, Simmons will be paid $6.3 million, the second $6 million and $5.7 million in the last year. It is worth noting that in the last year, only $1 million is guaranteed.
While that is still a lot of money, in NBA terms it really is not. Simmons is an excellent defender who proved his worth on the biggest stage – the postseason.
In a 15-game Playoff run for the Spurs last season, Simmons really thrived. While 10.5 points per game sound average, Simmons is primarily a defender. In the series against the Houston Rockets, Simmons completely shut down Rockets star and MVP candidate James Harden. He was also the Spurs third leading scorer in the series against the Warriors, averaging 15.3 points per game.