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Free agent swingman Jonathon Simmons has officially signed with the Orlando Magic, the team announced in a release Saturday.
“Jonathon is an elite wing defender that will provide toughness and athleticism to our team,” said Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman. “His tremendous work ethic has helped him continually grow as a player and we are very excited to add him to the Magic.”
While teams don’t release details of contracts, ESPN reported Simmons’ deal is for three years and $18 million, with the third year partially guaranteed.
Simmons, 27, had been a restricted free agent with the San Antonio Spurs — but they renounced his rights last week, and he immediately started negotiating with other teams.
Simmons became an X-factor of sorts for the Spurs last season, particularly in the playoffs, where he averaged 10.5 points in 20 minutes a game.
Per ESPN: “In 2013, he paid a $150 registration fee to join an open D-League tryout with about 60 players. His performance there eventually led to him to joining the Spurs’ D-League affiliate in Austin, and he ultimately signed a three-year deal with San Antonio in 2015.”