After getting waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobi Simmons didn’t spend too much time on the NBA’s free agent market.
Two weeks later, the Alpharetta native has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Cavs signing Simmons is “likely.”
A 21-year-old, 6-foot-5 guard, Simmons signed with the Grizzlies last summer after he went unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft. Simmons spent just one season in college basketball, averaging 8.7 points and two assists per-game with the Arizona Wildcats.
The Grizzlies signed Simmons to a two-way contract, meaning he’d have to split his rookie year in professional basketball between the NBA and its minor league, the G-League. In 32 NBA games last season, Simmons averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per-game. In the G-League, he posted per-game averages of 15.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Before going to Arizona and then the NBA, Simmons played at St. Francis High School. A 2016 graduate, he led the Knights to two state titles while accumulating 2,456 points, 520 assists and 225 steals. Simmons’ No. 2 jersey was retired at St. Francis this past summer.
After going to four straight NBA Finals, the Cavaliers are in a bit of a rebuilding stage after homegrown star LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. However, the Cavs retained the services of all-star forward Kevin Love and also drafted Collin Sexton, a dynamic 19-year-old guard from Marietta.
Simmons, Sexton and the Cavs will visit the Atlanta Hawks for a game on Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m.