Southeast Notes: Simmons, Batum, Wizards

The Magic have jumped out to a 6-2 start this season despite the fact that much of the core they’ve featured this season is a carryover from last year’s team that finished just 29-53. The X-Factor that’s helping the team perform so much better in 2017/18 could very well be Jonathon Simmons, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders writes.

Simmons signed a three-year deal worth $20MM this summer and has earned the trust of head coach Frank Vogel early in his Magic career.

He has earned the trust. You know, when we put the ball in his hands, typically, he makes good things happen,” Vogel said. “He’s a good decision maker, and he’s a threat going to the basket. I mean, he really attacks the rim and will get to the free throw line and will finish. He does a good job making the extra pass, too. I do have a lot of trust; he’s earned it very early with me in his stay [with the Magic].

Through eight games with the Magic so far this year, Simmons has averaged 15.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.

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3 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Simmons, Batum, Wizards

  1. x%sure

    Gay signed with spurs july6, Hayward with celtics july14, so no to miami signing Gay. They weren’t going to sign Gay before Hayward decided. To be fair it’s not clear that preference was Winderman’s idea.

    • Luke Adams

      Even though Hayward technically signed on July 14, he made his decision on July 4, so there was actually a small window when the Heat could have gone after Gay, knowing they didn’t get Hayward.

      • x%sure

        You’re always knowing stuff!
        I bet the Heat FO was steaming July 4 after the Hayward “loss”. It would be easy to overlook Gay if Hayward was the hope.
        But since the 6th was the first official signing day, I wonder if Pop would say he already had Gay wrapped up by the 4th also!
        Anyway they got real busy 7-7, boosting their own players & Olynyk with unused money. IDK what 3s were available 7-7 instead of doing that strategy… I see FA trackers don’t include signing dates!
        The Heat wound with 8 bigs then Mcgruder got hurt, so it’s a point.

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