That deal became official on Saturday, the first day of free agency.
Here’s the press release in its entirety:
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the team has signed guard Kobi Simmons. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
Simmons (6-4, 170) appeared in 37 games (19 starts) and averaged 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.5 minutes last season as a freshman at the University of Arizona before going unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old was named a 2015-16 McDonald’s All-American and the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year as a senior at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
Simmons, a one-and-done, is seen as a candidate for a “two-way” contract, but it’s unclear what the contract details are at this point.
A two-way player is one who splits time between the G-League and NBA, but takes up the 16th or 17th roster spot on an NBA roster.
Two-way players make a base salary of $75,000 plus the prorated amount of an NBA minimum contract when on the active NBA roster.
The catch is two-way players can only be on an active NBA roster for 45 days at most, limiting their earning potential to $279,000.
Still, it would give Simmons a chance to develop in the G-League, earn a decent salary, and potentially get his feet wet in NBA action every so often.
Again, though, it’s uncertain if Simmons received that type of deal.
DraftExpress.com deemed Simmons, a 6-foot-4 guard, to be a sleeper prospect because of his electric athleticism and “microwave” scoring ability, but his inability to play point guard and lack of defensive prowess make him a work in progress.
Fortunately for him, it appears he’ll have an opportunity to hone his skills with the Grizzlies and/or the Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ new G-League affiliate.
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