During the offseason, it has been a norm for some players to join their respective teams' front offices in recruiting some free agents who they believe will fit well and help them become better. That includes LeBron James, who has been active in luring big names to join him and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and even during his days with the Miami Heat.
This past summer, the Cavs star played a role in trying to convince then-free agent Jonathon Simmons to take his talents to Northeast Ohio. However, he declined LeBron James' invitation and went on to sign with the Orlando Magic as he reportedly wants to play defense against the four-time MVP whenever he goes up against the Cavs, according to John Denton of Magic.com.
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Although it can be argued that Jonathon Simmons would still have the opportunity to defend James during practices, and more often, it's still a different case when it's during a competitive game at the highest level. Simmons' decision shines more light on his competitive nature and hunger to become a better player, keep in mind that his path to the NBA isn't ideal, shelling out personal money just to try out for a spot in the G League.
So far, Jonathon Simmons is proving that he made the right choice in choosing the Magic, as they have become a surprise team in the league this season. They currently stand at 8-6, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with their new player enjoying his best season as a pro, with career high averages of 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 25.3 minutes through 14 games.