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Spurs have $9 million offer ready for Jonathon Simmons

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San Antonio Spurs forward Jonathon Simmons appears to be on the verge of hitting paydirt.

For someone who once paid $150 just to get a try-out in the NBAD-League, the $9 million the Spurs are reportedly preparing to offer Simmons is akin to discovering a gold chest. Marc Stein of ESPN got a whiff of that rumor:

Simmons, a pending restricted free agent, was among the surprises of the 2016-2017 season, playing a key role mostly off the bench for the Spurs. In the season-opener, Simmons stole the show amid a slew of stars, scoring 20 points with four rebounds in a 129-100 upset of the Golden State Warriors. He finished the regular season with averages of 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He ramped up his production in the playoffs, putting up 10.5 points per contest.

Simmons is also a valuable piece defensively, often relied on by coach Gregg Popovich to cover the opposing team’s best wing. This is especially the case when Kawhi Leonard is off the court, as perfectly demonstrated by this tweet from ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh:

Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report has this to add to Simmon’s defensive capabilities:

He was also a formidable perimeter defender throughout the year. Opponents shot 7.4 percent worse from three-point range and 5.0 percent worse from beyond 15 feet than their normal averages when Simmons guarded them in 2016-17, per NBA.com.

The Spurs own Simmons’ bird rights, which is an advantage for the team looking to retain the Houston native.