Saturday, March 24, 2012
Clippers re-sign Bobby Simmons
By Arash Markazi
The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed free agent forward Bobby Simmons, whose second 10-day contract with the Clippers expired on March 18, the team announced Saturday.
In 13 games played for the Clippers this season, Simmons has tallied 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 37.1 percent from behind the three-point line.
Simmons, who was signed to his original 10-day contract on Feb. 27, averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League this season. Simmons also played ten games for the Bighorns during the 2010-11 season after playing two games with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Clippers left open the door to re-signing Simmons after failing to commit to him for the rest of the season on Monday. They decided to make the commitment after an MRI on Mo Williams' injured left big toe revealed no significant damage, but ruled him out for Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Williams is listed as day-to-day.
“Bobby’s done a really good job on team defense and gets his hand on a lot of balls,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said last week. “He’s a really good guy. He’s a pro. I’ve really liked him. I know [Clippers general manager] Neil [Olshey] has liked him.”
This is Simmons’ second stint with the Clippers, having last played in Los Angeles during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Simmons was called up by the Clippers after averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League this season.
Simmons scored 13 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out 1 assist in 24 minutes in the Clippers’ 108-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on March 1. Those were the first points Simmons had scored in an NBA game since 2009.
“I’m just trying to win games and play well,” Simmons said. “I’ve just tried to approach this in a professional way and come in and do what you need to do get better. I just want to be a good piece of the puzzle and go out there and do whatever coach asks me to do.”
A nine-year NBA veteran, Simmons had his most productive NBA season while with the Clippers in 2004, posting career-highs of 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists, en route to winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award that season.