Jonathon Simmons Released By Wizards

The Wizards have waived Jonathon Simmons, tweets Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. He had just a $1MM guarantee on his $5.7MM salary for next season.

Washington acquired Simmons along with the 42nd pick in a draft-day trade with the Sixers, sending cash considerations in return. The Wizards used that pick to select Admiral Schofield of Tennessee.

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.

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