Arron Afflalo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The contract is worth the veterans minimum $2.1 million. This will be Afflalo’s second stint in Orlando, after he averaged 17 points per game for the Magic over two seasons from 2012 to 2014.
On Thursday, the Spurs renounced Simmons. He had been a restricted free agent, allowing San Antonio to match any contract he received. Instead, the 27-year-old second-year player hit the open market, although it’s not quick clear why the Spurs had to renounce him in the first place.
Simmons was discovered by the Spurs and moved up through the D-League before finding himself making the San Antonio roster. Last year, he averaged about six points, although he only shot 42 percent from the field. Still, while the athletic 6’6 guard may not be a traditional prospect given his age, he showed that he’s a solid player in the backcourt. His biggest downside is his inconsistent shotmaking.
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Like most people, back in 2013 I assumed Ainge would work the first two avenues the hardest during his rebuilding process. Free agency seemed like a distant dream. The Celtics had the history but not the location. The culture was under construction and winning was a long way away. The fact that they had never even attempted to enter high-stakes free agency hung ominously in the background.
For a time, the Celtics followed the expected path. Ainge drafted several players who played important roles and filled out the rest of the roster with shrewd trades that had an eye out for untapped potential. When the time came to make a big move, the kind that would put the Celtics into contention, that figured to be the best way toward acquiring the missing pieces to the puzzle.