Los Angeles Clippers: Bobby Simmons

Report cards: Jordan

June, 1, 2012
6/01/12
6:22
AM PT
Here is the 12th player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until next week, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, quickly moved on to Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons and continued with Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Reggie Evans, Eric Bledsoe, Nick Young, Mo Williams and Caron Butler. Now, we do DeAndre Jordan.

2011-2012 contributions: Was Jordan's 2011-2012 campaign what the Clippers envisioned when they matched Golden State's four-year, $43 million offer sheet to him last December? No. Was it a complete and outright disappointment? Not that, either. The question is which of those it's closer to, and an argument can be made for both. The same on-again, off-again defensive struggles he had his first three NBA seasons were plain to see again this season, and it's hard to name something he got better at, other than free-throw shooting -- which was still poor at 53 percent. One definite positive: He has proven to be an effective rebounder, and that didn't change either, as his per-minute rebound rate was actually better than Blake Griffin's. But he pulled a gradual disappearing act all season, with his points per game declining each month. And then he went the first 10 playoff games without finishing in double digits in points or rebounds a single time.

2012-2013 prediction: Jordan is a Clipper to stay. Going forward, it's vital to the franchise's success that he learns how to become at least a serviceable offensive player in non-dunk situations. Developing reliable post moves has been a focus in his first four years, but that effort has yet to result in anything tangible. Luckily, he's still just 23 and has time to learn. Also, if Jordan can get his free-throw rate to flirt with 60 percent, then Vinny Del Negro could actually keep him on the court late in games. And an $11 million man should be able to play 3o effective minutes per game, which Jordan has yet to do for extended stretches of his NBA career. Plus, it'll help his per-game numbers look a little better.

Grade: C+

Report cards: Young

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
11:57
AM PT
Here is the ninth player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until next Tuesday, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with rookies Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, moved on to small forwards Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons and then Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Reggie Evans and Eric Bledsoe. Now, we do the last of the bench players: Nick Young.

2011-2012 contributions: Young did not play well in his first few weeks with the Clippers this year, once he was acquired for next-to-nothing at the trade deadline. Then he began to bounce back in April and peaked with a 19-point performance in an end-of-year win over Oklahoma City. He then matched that output in Game 1 of the first-round series against Memphis and hit several other big shots in the 10 remaining playoff games -- while memorably dealing with significant pain from impacted wisdom teeth that he has since had removed. Young still shot better than 50 percent from the field in only two of the 22 regular-season games he played for the Clips.

2012-2013 prediction: Young is probably the most likely Clipper free agent to be brought back next season, partially because he played well toward the end of his brief tenure last season and partially because he actually fits their long-term needs fairly well. But his contract demands are an unknown, and he's proven to be a bit of a loose cannon when it comes to free agency. Few could have predicted a year ago that Young would end up re-signing with Washington after the lockout for just one year and $3.5 million, but that's exactly what he did. If he does come back to the Clippers, he probably steps into a starting role alongside Chris Paul in the backcourt -- because if the Clips are paying him enough to return, then they're not going to be able to bring in much else at his spot.

Grade: C+

Report cards: Bledsoe

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
11:57
AM PT
Here is the eighth player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until next Tuesday, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with rookies Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, moved on to small forwards Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons and then Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans. Now, we do Eric Bledsoe.

2011-2012 contributions: Bledsoe missed the first month of the season while recovering from an offseason meniscus tear and didn't even get into the rotation until March, but he was very productive in the final month and in the playoffs. In fact, Bledsoe was arguably the Clippers' third or fourth most important player in their playoff run, when he consistently came in and injected energy to the rest of the club during his limited minutes. He finished the team's 11 playoff games with averages of 7.9 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals, but those numbers don't do his production justice. Bledsoe was, to put it simply, a postseason revelation.

2012-2013 prediction: He's a key piece to the puzzle going forward, and it'll be interesting to see how his role changes over this offseason depending on what the Clippers do around him. His status will change significantly based on whether or not Mo Williams chooses to return next season. Ideally, Bledsoe would be a 20-25 minute per-game guard next season, serving as Paul's direct backup but also sharing the court with him at times. But if Williams comes back, that'll be different.

Grade: B+

Report cards: Foye

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
3:44
AM PT
Here is the 11th player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until next week, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, quickly moved on to Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons and continued with Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Reggie Evans, Eric Bledsoe, Nick Young and Mo Williams. Now, we start the starting lineup with Randy Foye.

2011-2012 contributions: Well, he definitely did better than last year. After a disappointing 2010-2011 season, Foye proved to actually be a useful player when thrust into a starting role in 2011-2012, hitting 39 percent of his 3-point shots to rank in the top 40 in the NBA. His defense still left a lot to be desired, and there are inherent problems in the way he plays offense: i.e., he doesn't maximize the things he's best at, and he's arguably getting worse at playing to his strengths. Foye is a superb foul shooter, yet he attempted only 85 free throws all season -- good for by far the lowest per-minute rate of his career -- and missed just 12 of them. Part of that is because his role changed into more of a spot-up shooter once Chris Paul arrived in Clipperland, but part of it is also because he just didn't drive into the lane very much.

2012-2013 prediction: It's highly unlikely that Foye will be back with the Clippers next season. He just finished up a two-year, $8.5 million deal, and there's no reason the team would want to bring him back for anything around that money. It's hard to predict what kind of contract he'll fetch on the open market, but at least he put up a better season this year for his financial sake. If he does re-up with the Clippers, it'll likely be (1) a surprise and (2) a short-term, low-value deal struck late in the free-agency process when other opportunities have dried up.

Grade: B-

Report cards: Evans

May, 29, 2012
5/29/12
11:25
AM PT
Here is the seventh player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until next Tuesday, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with rookies Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, moved on to small forwards Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons and then Chauncey Billups and forward Kenyon Martin. Now, we do Reggie Evans.

2011-2012 contributions: Evans did exactly what the Clippers asked him to do last season -- which isn't necessarily to say that he played particularly well. He just did what he's done each of his 10 seasons in the NBA: rebound well and do everything else poorly. The man simply cannot shoot. But, hey, he still rebounded at an impressive rate of 16.9 boards per 48 minutes, almost exactly matching his career averages. A crazy stat: He made 34 field goals the entire season, meaning he had eight times as many rebounds as made shots.

2012-2013 prediction: There's a reason Evans has bounced around the league so much despite being so good at something, and it's not because he's a bad locker room guy. (The young Clippers, Thompkins and Leslie, looked up to him this season.) It's because he's hard to hide on the court, especially on offense. And the truth is he's not a fantastic defensive player either, when you move him away from the glass. The next team Evans signs with will be the sixth of his career, and yes, that means we're predicting he's not going to be a Clipper next season. The team simply doesn't need both Evans and Martin, and Martin brings more to the table than Evans does.

Grade: C+

Report cards: Martin

May, 28, 2012
5/28/12
10:31
AM PT
Here is the fifth player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until Tuesday, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with rookies Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, moved on to small forwards Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons and then did guard Chauncey Billups. Now, we grade forward Kenyon Martin.

Kenyon Martin

2011-2012 contributions: Martin was a late addition to the mix as a February signee because he signed a deal in China during the lockout, but he ended up playing a fairly large role in the Clippers' end of-year rotation. He finished the year averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds and kept producing at a similar rate in the postseason -- albeit in fewer minutes. Martin wasn't really a perfect fit with the rest of the Clippers' roster: They needed a 7-foot big man with offensive skills and they got an undersized four-man with a declining offensive game but nice defensive and rebounding acumen. Still, he was at times effective, and he did produce two big-time performances in the final two games of the Memphis series and just played well overall in the playoffs.

2012-2013 prediction: Where does Martin fit in with the Clippers' roster of the future? He doesn't, really. But he does make some sense for next season, simply because he's a better option than anybody else the team could get for the veteran's minimum. They can use the non-Bird exception on him and pay him around $3 million, without having to worry about the cap at all. For that reason, he's probably the second most likely of the Clippers free agents to come back next season, after Nick Young. As long as Neil Olshey pairs Martin with a capable backup center and not someone like Reggie Evans, then bringing him back will probably be applauded.

Grade: B

Clipper report cards: Billups

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
3:30
PM PT
Here is the fifth player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until Tuesday, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.

We started with rookies Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie and moved on to small forwards Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons. Next is guard Chauncey Billups.

Chauncey Billups

2011-2012 contributions: Billups, an unexpected and unorthodox offseason pickup, was the Clippers' third scorer and a key playmaker -- for the season's first 20 games, after which he tore his Achilles tendon on the road against Orlando and missed the final two-thirds of the year. When he was healthy, he was doing everything well except two-point field-goal shooting, and that was bound to bounce back up at some point. He finished averaging 15 points and four assists per game, nice numbers for someone adjusting to a new position on the fly. His most memorable moment as a Clipper was probably the game-winner he hit against Dallas at home in January, in a game that Chris Paul missed due to injury.

2012-2013 prediction: Good question. Billups is almost certain to miss a significant portion of the upcoming season while recovering from the torn Achilles, so his status is a complete unknown. He has maintained since the injury that he will play again in the NBA, and there's no real reason to doubt him. There is reason, however, to wonder when that comeback will be and where exactly it'll occur. A lot of that will have to do with his salary requests, and, as the Clippers pursue a more traditionally-sized two-guard this offseason, it's unlikely that Billups will be back in a Clipper uniform.

Grade: Incomplete

Report cards: Gomes and Simmons

May, 25, 2012
5/25/12
1:25
PM PT
Here are the third and fourth player capsules in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season.

The grades started with rookies Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. We continue here with small forwards Ryan Gomes and Bobby Simmons.

Ryan Gomes

2011-2012 contributions: Gomes had his worst season as a professional this year, playing in fewer than half of the Clips' 66 regular-season contests and scoring in double digits only one time. The last time he played in a game was mid-March and the last time he played meaningful minutes was mid-February. Incidentally, that was also when he made a crucial mistake on an inbounds pass against the San Antonio Spurs and arguably cost the Clippers a big win against their eventual second-round opponents. Gomes lost his spot in the rotation to a guy on a 10-day contract, which we'll get to in more detail later, but that's never a good sign in the NBA.

2012-2013 prediction: Gomes, a fantastic locker-room guy, appears to have the best chance of any Clipper to be amnestied because of his contract situation. He has one more year remaining on his deal at $4 million, and his only real discernible value at this point would be as an expiring contract to add on to a trade. It's ironic -- last November he joked on Twitter that the amnesty clause in the new CBA could play a role in his future with the club after his poor debut season with the Clips in 2010-2011. That's no longer a laughing matter. If he stays with the team, it's unlikely he'll be anything more than an end-of-the-bench guy.

Grade: D

Bobby Simmons

2011-2012 contributions: Simmons did more than expected for this season's Clippers, which isn't necessarily saying much considering he was nowhere near the team's radar at the start of the year. With Simmons averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in the D-League in February, Neil Olshey picked him up off the scrap heap. He performed well defensively in the 32 games he appeared in from then on but really struggled shooting the ball -- making only 20 of his 60 field-goal attempts. He did start a playoff game for only the sixth time in his career and logged 32 playoff minutes.

2012-2013 prediction: It's unlikely that the 31-year-old Simmons will be brought back next season, because the Clippers are likely to seek out swingmen who better complement Caron Butler this offseason. He did prove this year that he's good enough to stick in the league on one side of the ball, at least.

Grade: C+

Clippers re-sign Bobby Simmons

March, 24, 2012
3/24/12
9:52
AM PT
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.

Young is latest piece to puzzle

March, 18, 2012
3/18/12
6:34
PM PT
There have been six mainstays in the Los Angeles Clippers rotation since the 2011-2012 season started on Christmas Day: Chris Paul, Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan.

Those six started the season with the team and continue playing in most every game. Then there are the five players the team has added into the mix since then, either by trade, free-agent signing or return from injury. In order, those are Reggie Evans, Kenyon Martin, Eric Bledsoe, Bobby Simmons and, after making his debut in Sunday's win over the Detroit Pistons, now Nick Young.

And that doesn't count mid-year additions Solomon Jones and Courtney Fortson, who both played significant minutes with the Clips before getting released and landing elsewhere.

That's a lot of new pieces to add to a puzzle, especially considering they've all joined the team over an 84-day period in which the Clippers have played 44 games. And, to make matters worse, they've all been separate additions, joining the team weeks apart from each other.

How have the Clippers done it?

"It's not easy," coach Vinny Del Negro said before Sunday's game when asked that question. "We have to do a better job incorporating and getting a feel for guys, and that's tough. But that's the situation we're in.

"You've just gotta work together a little bit better and connect a little bit more as a team, because we're incorporating all types of players and personalities and you have to manage all that."

Blake Griffin put it a little more simply.

"It feels like we add a new piece every month or so," Griffin said after Sunday's game. "It's like every month you're forced to add someone new. I don't want to say it disrupts things, but it changes things.

"We're not used to playing with a guy like Nick. He's been in L.A. for two days now, I think."

Young definitely changed the shape of Sunday's game. Because he logged 29 minutes in the victory, Williams played only 24 -- the shortest time he's been on the court in almost a month. And Bledsoe, who had played in each of the Clippers' last 15 games, didn't play at all.

That was similar to what happened when the Clippers added Simmons at the end of February. Ryan Gomes has only played three minutes since Simmons was signed.

Evans also experienced a slight downturn in minutes right after Martin made his debut in early February.

Del Negro said Sunday he tries to focus on the "rhythm of certain lineups," and that makes sense. But there obviously wasn't going to be much rhythm with Young and the rest of the players on the floor during his 29 minutes against the Pistons.

But, as Griffin said, the Clippers can help ease the transitioning process if they turn up the energy, like they did in the fourth quarter and overtime period Sunday, when they outscored Detroit 30-18. Young was on the floor for 16 of 17 possible minutes in that stretch.

Said Griffin: "The thing is, if we play hard, we can kind of erase or make up for those mistakes that we make because we're new."

Simmons could still be in Clippers’ plans

March, 18, 2012
3/18/12
1:23
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers will likely take the rest of the week to decide whether to commit to forward Bobby Simmons for the rest of the season, according to a team source.

Simmons' second 10-day contract ends on Monday. Before the Clippers’ game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said the team planned to sign Simmons for the rest of the season.

However after the game it became clear the team needed more time to decide whether to commit its final roster spot to Simmons for the rest of the season. The Clippers currently have 15 players on their roster after trading for swingman Nick Young on Thursday. Simmons is their only un-guaranteed contract.

The Clippers leave Los Angeles Monday for their last back-to-back-to-back of the season at Indiana, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. If he does not sign elsewhere in the meantime, the Clippers could conceivably re-sign Simmons when they return on Friday.

As much as Del Negro would like to re-sign Simmons for the rest of the season, they need to see how Young affects their rotation before giving up flexibility with their final roster spot.

Simmons, who was signed to a second 10-day contract on Mar. 9, has played in 12 games for the Clippers and averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 32.7 percent from the field.

“Bobby’s done a really good job on team defense and gets his hand on a lot of balls,” Del Negro said. “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.

Simmons signs second 10-day deal

March, 9, 2012
3/09/12
10:34
AM PT
The Los Angeles Clippers signed forward Bobby Simmons to a second 10-day contract, the team announced Friday.

Simmons, who was signed to his original 10-day contract on Feb. 27, has played in six games for the Clippers and averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.8 percent from behind the three-point line.

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.

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.

Travis Leslie assigned to D-League

March, 2, 2012
3/02/12
1:01
PM PT
The Los Angeles Clippers assigned rookie guard Travis Leslie to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, the team announced Friday.

Leslie, who was the 47th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, has averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in eight games played this season.

The Clippers signed veteran swingman Bobby Simmons to a 10-day contract on Monday to bring the team's roster to 15 players. Simmons scored 13 points off the bench for the team Thursday night and seems likely to be kept on for the remainder of the season.

Minnesota has what the Clippers don't

February, 29, 2012
2/29/12
12:55
AM PT
What are the Los Angeles Clippers missing?

It's pretty clear after Tuesday's game, when Clippers stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 57 points -- 20 more than Minnesota's entire starting lineup -- and the team still lost by 12.

They're missing bench forwards who can score, guys like Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley, who were solely responsible for the Timberwolves' 109-97 win with their 54 points on 25 shots in Tuesday's game.

The Wolves have exactly what the Clippers need.

Minnesota coach Rick Adelman starts Wesley Johnson and Kevin Love in his forward slots but brings in Williams and Beasley off the bench for an average of 43 minutes a game.

Since Kenyon Martin debuted with the team earlier this month, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has started Griffin and Caron Butler in his forward slots and brought in Martin, Reggie Evans and Ryan Gomes off the bench for an average of 45 minutes a game.

Martin and Evans are capable defenders and useful rebounders but leave a lot to be desired on the offensive end -- Evans especially. New 10-day signee Bobby Simmons took over Gomes' minutes in Tuesday's game, but the point stands.

The Clippers don't have anyone taller than 6-1 on their bench capable of going for 20 points in a given game. And when Mo Williams, the 6-1 player, and Butler don't shoot well in a given game, that will spell trouble.

Not so for Minnesota. Love had just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting and Ricky Rubio only two on 1-of-8, but Williams, Beasley and reserve swingman Martell Webster picked up the scoring punch for them.

"They have a lot of scorers," Del Negro said. And a couple of them got hot."

Del Negro has said all season that Williams is the Clippers' key guy off the bench. But that's the problem: good teams need more than one key reserve, more than one capable scorer.

But changes might be coming. The Clippers leave Wednesday for a six-game road trip that takes them to Minnesota and San Antonio, among other places.

By the time they get back early on the morning of March 10, the trade deadline will be only five days away.

Beasley might be available for trade. Other forwards who fit the need probably will, too.

Clippers sign Bobby Simmons

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
12:33
AM PT
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.

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