Report: Mavericks pursuing Jonathon Simmons after Spurs renounced his rights
The Dallas Mavericks have had a quiet summer so far. Other than drafting Dennis Smith Jr. with the 9th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, not much has happened. Forward Dirk Nowitzki signed a two-year, $10 million deal, but other than that, it’s been slow in Dallas.
One of their own players, center Nerlens Noel, is still as a restricted free agent, and he might be the second signing of the off-season. In the meantime, while Noel has not yet signed, the Mavs have their eye on a newly available target.
I'm told #Mavs are continuing to weigh the merit of a Jonathan Simmons pursuit. Seems pricy. Stay tuned.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) July 13, 2017
Dallas is, per Mike Fisher from DallasBasketball.com, in pursuit of the San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons. The Spurs renounced their rights to Simmons earlier in the week, so he will most likely end up somewhere else.
Simmons had an amazing postseason run for the Spurs, especially on the defensive end. However, per the same source, the issue is the price. Simmons has been in the league for two years and both of them were on minimum contracts. That is why this 27-year-old is asking for a lot of money.
Simmons would most probably slot as the back-up small forward position. He has played a bit at the small forward position, especially during the postseason. However, he is best utilized at the shooting guard position, where the Mavs have Seth Curry and Wesley Matthews.