What Does Adding Jonathan Simmons Mean To The Orlando Magic Future?
The Orlando Magic have added another Jonathan to the team. Former San Antonio Spur wing player Jonathan Simmons has agreed to join the Orlando Magic on a three-year deal worth $20 million.
Free agent Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year deal with the Orlando Magic, agent Cervando Tejada tells ESPN.
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Simmons, 27, is practically a veteran with only two years of NBA experience. The Magic felt they needed to add another piece to the puzzle by signing the versatile swingman. The team has a group of players who can play on the wing in Evan Fournier, Terrance Ross, Marcus Georges-Hunt, Stephen Garino, Mario Hezonja and now Simmons.
In Jonathan Simmons, the Magic add another long, athletic, versatile player who plays unselfishly for his team, a sentiment Magic president Jeff Weltman said the team would look at when acquiring players. Last week, the Magic added a long, versatile Canadian big man in Khem Birch who mimics those same characteristics. Last month, the Magic selected rookie forward Jonathan Isaac for the same reasons. It appears the Magic are being consistent in the type of players they want to add to the roster.
Simmons will be called on to be another defensive stopper for the Orlando Magic and push the tempo to get out and run in transition. The Magic know they ranked near the league’s worse in offense and will look to change that this year.
While the team continues to find ways to improve, someone has to be the odd man out. The most likely candidate is third year guard/forward Mario Hezonja. It’s apparent he does not fit the criteria of what management is looking for in its roster. His below-average team defense and disappearing shot, saw Hezonja on the bench fairly often last season under head coach Frank Vogel. Mario may get another crack at making a good impression with the team but its unlikely after they committed to Simmons.
What must be answered now is whether the team will move on without the former top five pick.
Another candidate likely to be out of rotation is sophomore player, Patricio Garino. Garino came to Orlando last year as a G-league call up to finish the season. He recently played for the Magic in their annual summer league but failed to impress team coaches and executives.
It’s becoming apparent the team wanted to add veterans to the roster with former team success. And they also needed veterans who could contribute on a nightly basis.
Simmons averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game during the regular season with the Spurs last year. After the Spurs renounced his rights, Simmons became a hot name on the free agent market.