The Cavaliers will reportedly sign free-agent guard Kobi Simmons to a one-year contract, and Simmons may have been the beneficiary of a Cleveland connection.
His agent, Aaron Turner, is from Cleveland. He has been described as someone with strong ties to grassroots basketball in Ohio. He also represents Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier, a product of Shaker Heights High School.
Meanwhile, Simmons will come to the Cavs after spending last season on a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, as first reported by Stadium. He will forever be known as the first player in Grizzlies’ history to sign a two-way deal.
He will also be known as someone who stands 6-foot-5 and averaged 6.5 points in 32 games with the Grizzlies last season. The majority of his time was spent with the Memphis Hustle of the G-League.
A former McDonald’s All-American, Simmons went undrafted after one season at Arizona. Most NBA scouts will tell you he left college too soon.
The Grizzlies waived Simmons on Aug. 28.
As for the Cavs, the shooting guard position is getting a bit crowded, but in today’s NBA, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. J.R. Smith, Jordan Clarkson, David Nwaba are all coming to camp as shooting guards. Rodney Hood, Cedi Osman and Kyle Korver can all also play the position.
Simmons is also said to be able to run the point a little. The Cavs already have George Hill, Collin Sexton and potentially Isaiah Taylor in that role.
Training camp opens Sept. 25 in Independence, Ohio.