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The San Antonio Spurs should have one thing up their sleeves.
Simmons was a breakout star within the Spurs’ postseason run that ended within the Western Convention finals, particularly throughout Kawhi Leonard‘s absence. He averaged 14 factors, 2.three rebounds, and a couple of.four assists within the last two rounds of the playoffs.
The 28-yr-previous’s greatest efficiency got here in Recreation 6 of the semifinals. He performed shutdown protection towards James Harden within the Spurs’ 39-level elimination of the Houston Rockets, whereas additionally scoring 18 factors on eight-of-12 capturing.
It was extensively assumed San Antonio would retain Simmons, particularly because the group held his restricted rights. Nevertheless, the addition of Rudy Homosexual by way of free company may need made Simmons a redundancy within the eyes of the Spurs.