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The San Antonio Spurs answered a glaring need on the offensive end this offseason, signing forward Rudy Gay with hopes of helping Kawhi Leonard shoulder the offensive load. However, the signing came with a small price to pay.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Spurs have renounced Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Over the past two seasons, Simmons was a vital part of the team’s second unit and shared a story of perseverance. After paying $150 to tryout for the D-League’s Austin Toros back in 2013, he worked his way up and eventually made the Spurs’ roster.

In 78 games last season, Simmons averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18 minutes per game. His stats don’t necessarily show what he’s worth, but he’s got game. As a key member of the 61-win team, his athleticism, court vision, basketball IQ and ability to step up in big games proved his worth.

During the playoffs, Simmons showed his full arsenal of skills against the Houston Rockets in the second round. In game six, Simmons made his first career playoff start, filling in for the injured Leonard and scoring 18 points with four assists against the runner-up MVP James Harden to help secure a clinching 114-75 victory to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

So, why is it all important?

After renouncing Simmons, there was talk that the team may re-sign with the Spurs. However, Simmons may not be in the Spurs plans for the future.

San Antonio currently has limited cap space after signing Euroleague guard Brandon Paul:

Despite the limited cap space, the team could offer Simmons $1.9 million, but cannot open more cap space because no players currently on the roster are tradeable at the moment.

At 28, expect Simmons to draw much interest on the market.

Stay tuned for updates.

Just in: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is now contradicting the report by Shams Charania by saying that the Spurs are still negotiating with Simmons.

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