Report: Spurs preparing $9 million a year offer to keep Jonathan Simmons

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In a season where he consistently showed improvement, Jonathan Simmons saved his best for the playoffs. When it wasn’t Kawhi Leonard, Simmons was one of the key guys trusted to slow James Harden — when Simmons was on him, the beard shot 1-of-5 plus had six turnovers in games 5 and 6 (stat via Tom Haberstroh). Simmons had 18 points in the closeout game.

San Antonio wants to keep the restricted free agent around, so they are preparing an offer sheet for him, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Normally Simmons is the kind of guy other teams would try to poach with a big offer, but because he’s 28 that market may be a little soft. Also, he’s subject to the Gilbert Arenas rule, meaning a team could only offer a limited amount the first two years, and that salary could spike the last two of a four-year deal. But do teams want to get in to Simmons for four years?

Maybe Simmons gets other calls, perhaps another team tries to make an offer, but this looks like a situation where the Spurs will get to keep their guy.