Simmons, 29, went undrafted out of Houston in 2012, but was able to earn a spot on the Spurs‘ roster in 2015. He was impressive enough in San Antonio to earn a three-year, $20MM contract from the Magic in 2017. Simmons played a combined 56 games this season between Orlando and Philadelphia, averaging 6.5 points per night.
By parting ways with Simmons, Washington will gain a little breathing room below the luxury-tax line. Having acquired Davis Bertans from the Spurs earlier today, the Wizards projected to be a possible taxpayer, but removing Simmons’ $4.7MM partial guarantee from their books alleviates that concern for now.
Assuming he goes unclaimed on waivers, Simmons will become an unrestricted free agent early next week.