Bobby Simmons

Free Agent Updates: Barron, Balkman, Wright

As free agents continue to land on NBA training camp rosters or with international teams in advance of the coming season, let's round up a few of today's items on new signings and players still on the market….

  • Free agent big man Earl Barron has signed with China's Qingdao DoubleStar, agent Derrick Powell tells Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype (Twitter link). Barron reportedly drew interest from the Pelicans, Sixers, Pacers, and Jazz, and had been hoping to sign with the Knicks. However, New York decision-makers were said to be split on whether or not to add the former Memphis Tiger.
  • Ex-Knick Renaldo Balkman is considering accepting a training camp invite from the Mavericks, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. The Mavs, who have one open roster spot left for camp, are hoping to bring in "active defensive-minded bodies" to fill out their preseason roster, says Sefko.
  • Former first round pick Antoine Wright is set to sign with a club in Poland, according to a report passed along by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Wright played in the D-League last season and most recently appeared in the NBA in 2010/11.
  • Shams Charania of spoke to former Clippers forward Bobby Simmons, who says he's still aiming to make an NBA comeback. As our international player movement tracker shows, Simmons didn't play in the NBA or anywhere else last season.

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Renounced Players: Wednesday

As teams clear cap space to finalize signings and trades, it may mean renouncing Early Bird or Bird rights to their own free agents, in order to remove cap holds from the books. Once a player is renounced, his previous team has no more claim to him that any other team — he could still be re-signed, but it would have to be done using cap space or an exception. Some of those decisions are more notable than others, but for completion's sake, we'll track the latest of these cap-clearing moves right here:

Earlier updates:


Los Angeles Notes: Gasol, Hill, Simmons

Last night, the Lakers reached agreement with big man Jordan Hill on a two-year, $8MM deal.  The former No. 8 pick in the 2009 draft didn't necessarily shine in his seven regular season games for Los Angeles but averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game in the postseason.  Here's more out of the Staples Center..

  • Kobe Bryant isn't the only one high on Pau Gasol, as Marc Stein of (via Twitter) says that Lakers brass has renewed excitement about him with Steve Nash joining the mix.
  • The "high character guys" on the Clippers made Grant Hill's free agency decision an easy one, writes Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.  Last season, Hill started 46 of 49 games for the Suns, putting up 10.2 points in 28 minutes per game. 
  • The Clippers are also looking into re-signing forward Bobby Simmons, Turner writes.  "We've been talking," agent Mark Bartelstein said. "There is interest, but no decision has been made."

Clippers Sign Bobby Simmons For Rest Of Season

The Clippers announced that they have re-signed free agent forward Bobby Simmons, whose second ten-day contract expired on March 18.  Los Angeles decided to make the commitment after an MRI on Mo Williams' injured big toe ruled him out for Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, writes Arash Markazi of

Simmons, 31, has averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest in 13 games for the Clippers this season. 

Clippers Still Deciding On Bobby Simmons

MONDAY, 8:14am: Markazi has updated his story, saying that the Clippers will take the rest of the week to decide whether to sign Simmons for the remainder of the season. Coach Vinny Del Negro initially said the team would keep the forward, but according to Markazi, it became clear after yesterday's game that the team needed more time to decide whether to commit its final roster spot to Simmons.

SUNDAY, 4:00pm: According to's Arash Markazi, the Clippers will keep forward Bobby Simmons for the rest of the season. Simmons is currently on the final day of a second 10-day contract, which he signed on March 9th.

The 2004 Most Improved Player of the Year has averaged 3.8 PPG and 2.8 RPG in 12 games with the Clippers this season. A nine-year veteran, he was originally called up after averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League earlier this season. 

Clippers Re-Sign Bobby Simmons

The Clippers have signed Bobby Simmons to a second 10-day contract, tweets Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Turner had reported earlier this week that the Clips expected to re-sign Simmons when his initial 10-day deal expired.

Simmons, who won the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 2004/05 with the Clippers, joined the team last Monday on a 10-day contract. In his six games for the Clippers, the 31-year-old has averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18 minutes.

If the Clippers want to retain Simmons when his second 10-day expires, they'll have to guarantee his contract for the rest of the season.

Odds & Ends: Felton, Simmons, Chandler, Pistons

With ten days left until the 2012 NBA trade deadline, most columnists are looking ahead to next Thursday, exploring every possible scenario for moves contenders and non-contenders could make. Amidst all the trade speculation, Derek Page of HoopsWorld decides to look back at the offseason, assessing which trades and free agent signings have worked out best and worst so far this year, placing Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler atop the list of successes. Here are a few more Monday links from around the NBA:

Clippers Sign Bobby Simmons

The Clippers have signed Bobby Simmons out of the D-League to a 10-day contract, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. ESPN's Marc Stein first reported over the weekend that the Clippers were planning to sign Simmons.

It will be the second stint with the Clippers for the 31-year-old Simmons, who won the Most Improved Player award while with the team in 2004/05. The 6'6", 220-pound swingman has played in parts of nine NBA seasons, the most recent being a two-game stint with the Spurs last year.

Simmons put up 16.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 2.7 APG during that award-winning season with the Clippers, but left to sign a free agent deal with the Bucks that summer and soon reverted to form. This year, he was averaging 13.5 PPG and 7.6 RPG for the D-League's Reno Bighorns.

The Clippers had an empty spot on their roster, so they won't have to let anybody go to bring in Simmons, who'll provide depth at the wing positions that was lost when starting shooting guard Chauncey Billups was lost for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon. Simmons is a career 40% three-point shooter, so he figures to help replace Billups' range, as well.

Clippers Notes: J.R. Smith, Simmons, Free Agents

The J.R. Smith sweepstakes went down to the wire between the Knicks and Clippers, but New York ultimately won out, agreeing to a deal with Smith that could become official later today. Here's the latest on the Clips, as they move on to Plan B….

  • Before Smith chose the Knicks, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro told Smith in a text message that signing with Los Angeles would mean a spot in the starting lineup, according to John Canzano of the Oregonian.
  • The Clippers will hold a free agent workout this afternoon, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.
  • Former Clipper Bobby Simmons will be among the players at today's workout, says Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Spears reported yesterday that Jermaine Taylor would also be working out for L.A.