Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Clippers sign Bobby Simmons
By Arash Markazi
The Los Angeles Clippers signed forward Bobby Simmons to a 10-day contract, the team announced Monday.
Simmons, 31, averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League this season. He last played in the NBA during the 2010-11 season; appearing in just two games with the San Antonio Spurs.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound swingman played two seasons with the Clippers from 2003-2005. He had the most productive season of his nine-year career during the 2004-2005 season, tallying career-highs of 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists and winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award that season.
Simmons signed a free-agent deal with the Milwaukee Bucks in the summer of 2005 and his numbers have declined since averaging 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first season with the Bucks in 2005-06. He hasn't averaged more than 7.8 points or 3.9 rebounds since and didn't register a single point or rebound in his two games with the Spurs in 2010.
After losing Chauncey Billups to a season-ending Achilles tear earlier this month and failing to sign J.R. Smith, who chose to sign with the New York Knicks after returning from China, the Clippers have been looking for more backcourt depth. The Clippers had 14 players on the roster before signing Simmons, who will wear No. 21, so they did not have to make any roster moves to make room for him.