San Antonio tried to get something in return for letting Jonathon Simmons go.
former D-League star Jonathon Simmons is about to sign a very nice contract with an NBA team.
The San Antonio Spurs renounced their rights, and a $1.6 million qualifying offer, to Simmons earlier today.
According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, before the Spurs made the move, the team attempted a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. In return for Simmons, the Spurs would received Tyson Chandler.
From the report:
After talks on a new contract stalled, a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns was proposed that would have brought center Tyson Chandler of the Phoenix Suns to the Spurs for Simmons. But the Spurs were reluctant to assume the remaining two years and roughly $26 million on Chandler’s contract.
San Antonio has limited cap space entering the 2017-18 season, but it was surprising to learn the team renounced its rights to Simmons. He averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 78 games with the Spurs last season, and had a phenomenal run in the playoffs where he averaged 10.5 points per game.