The San Antonio Spurs have renounced Jonathon Simmons, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. However, the team is still negotiating with him, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Mike Wright, making this an exceedingly quizzical move from the ever-reliable Spurs front office.
Simmons was a restricted free agent headed into his third season after spending his first two with the Spurs. By renouncing him, Simmons joins the open market and is able to sign with any of the 30 teams. As a restricted free agent, the Spurs would have had the option to match any contract he signed.
Knicks fans will see no miracle with a surprise Atlanta match. New York all but officially has more than one-third of its cap space invested Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks in Hardaway and an injured and suspended Joakim Noah. Not great!
There’s room for Hardaway to improve at just 25 years old, but it’ll be tough for him to live up to that type of contract. He’ll space out as a shooter next to rookie Frank Ntilikina, but it’s tough to imagine that New York couldn’t have found another player for a much cheaper price. Or even a player on a shorter-term contract that keeps future cap space open.
The Supersonics, however, relocated and re-branded in 2008, becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise we know today. The departure has left a void in Seattle the NBA has yet to fill.
Current and former NBA players with ties to the area, including Allen and Cheap Jerseys Bulk Jamal Crawford, have clamored for the league to bring back the excitement and hysteria that surrounded the Supersonics. And if Silver eventually decides an expansion is on the table, it appears the league may finally give the people what they want.