Arizona’s Kobi Simmons Signs With Memphis

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By Ryan Touhey,

According to numerous reports, Arizona point guard Kobi Simmons has officially signed with the Memphis Grizzlies after going unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft. Ryan Kelapire of SB Nation said that the deal was a “two-way deal.”

According to Kelapire, the deal means that “two-way” players take up the 16th and 17th spots on the NBA roster. They’ll make a salary of $75,000 but can only have up to 45 days on the NBA roster at the most.

Simmons, who is from Atlanta and turns 20 on Independence Day, appeared in 37 games and started 19 for the Wildcats this past season. He averaged nearly nine points and two assists per game. He struggled from the field as he only had a 39.7 field goal percentage for the year. However, he did well from the foul line and had a free throw percentage of 77.5.

Additionally, Simmons was named a 2015-16 McDonald’s All-American. According to ESPN, he was also named the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year during his senior year at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, GA.

Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal stated that Simmons will most likely start off with the Memphis Hustle, which is the G League affiliate of the Grizzlies.

Christopher Wallace, the general manager of the Grizzlies, told the Appeal, “We’re trying to develop young players, not just for the future but with guys who can come in and play early on. You never sell young players short. You just never know what they can do if given the opportunity…They can outperform expectations.”

The Grizzlies have been in existence since 1995 when they were in Vancouver. They moved to Memphis prior to the 2001-02 Season and have experienced 10 different seasons of playoff appearances. But the team has never had a playoff seed higher than fourth and has yet to make a true impact on the game.

They’ve only advanced to the Conference Finals once which was back in 2013 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs quickly swept the Grizzlies before losing to Miami in the NBA Finals. The Grizzlies hope that free agency can help them build better contending teams for future seasons.

Simmons tweeted out that it, “Feels great to be a Memphis Grizzly.”

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