Former Clippers swingman Bobby Simmons agreed to a five year, $47 million deal with the Bucks on Friday, his agent Mark Bartelstein said.
"Bobby intends to sign with the Bucks when the moratorium ends," Bartelstein told ESPN.com. "He was very appreciative of the opportunity that the Clippers gave him but felt like this was the best opportunity for him."
The move is the clearest signal yet that the Bucks are serious about competiting for a championship this year. In the past week, they signed the No. 1 pick in the draft, Andrew Bogut, agreed to a six-year, $90 million dollar deal with Michael Redd and began the on the court rehab for point guard T.J. Ford.
The Bucks have two more significant free agents, Dan Gadzuric and Zaza Pachulia, that they are also trying to re-sign.
Simmons will join Desmond Mason, Jiri Welsch and Redd to form a pretty potent combination at the shooting guard and small forward positions. Mo Williams and hopefully Ford will take care of the point. Their only area of weakness now is at the four where Joe Smith is the only big guy holding down the fort.
The loss of Simmons, coming on the heels of the rejection by free agent Ray Allen, is yet another blow to the Clippers. Simmons had a breakout year for them and was a key to their success this season. However, head coach Mike Dunleavy was uncomfortable paying Simmons, who has played well for just one season, that type of money.
The Clippers could also lose free agent Marko Jaric this summer, putting into serious question their hopes of making the playoffs next season.
Simmons won 2004-05 NBA most improved player honors in his second year with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Bucks also hired Terry Stotts as their new head coach Friday.
Ouch- that's definitely bad news. But is Bobby Simmons worth over $9 million a year??? I'm going to say no. But this is definitely a tough loss. Clippers would most likely keep Jaric now and maybe even bring Korolev over for this season.
Bufff...It's being a great summer...Where's the money!!!!!???????I'm sorry but I'm very angry...I can't understand nothing.Next season can be very frustating...always the ***** same story...What's the next?
Yes and Finley also if Dallas decides to relase him- and maybe Antoine Walker? Vladimir Radmanovic is another possibility. If the Clippers can sign Mobley and one of those guys they'd actually be in good shape.
Just like Lamar Odom and Q Richardson before him, Bobby Simmons is 2 faced. He stated all year long, on t.v., newspapers an magz that he wants to be with the Clippers next season. And just like LO and Q, his first chance to bolt town and he takes it!!! I'm not happy!! And I don't think its the teams fault. These overpaid players are not being loyal to the team that has given them their best chance to make it in the L. We'll miss Bobby's production next year, but at least we won't have to deal with someone who will lie to please us Clippers fans. Bring in Flip Murray or Cat Mobley. They will put up the same numbers or even better than Bobby will with the Bucks. And we'll still be in the post season.
Yeah in the offseason he also reiterated that he would like to return. I guess $9+ million a year is enough to overcome any sense of loyalty, and I don't really blame him. He's probably thrilled to be making more than Q. The Clippers definitely need to redouble their efforts now with other free agents.
I repeat:Antonio Daniels, Mobley and Murray are unrestricted free agents. We must sign at least two of them if can resign Jaric...Daniels was 2,2$ last year,Mobley 5,8$ and Murray about 1$...so if we are really interested about having a better team for the next year I guess that it's not too much complicated...
Wow, this comes as a great shock. This is very disappointing; I thought the Clippers would be able to retain Simmons while signing another good shooting guard.
Does anybody know how far the Clippers are from the salary cap?
As for Bobby, it's sad to see him go like Q and Odam. But it really comes down to a matter of cost. I love Q but he wasn't worth the $65 million the Suns offered him. And look what happened to Odam. More dead weight for the Lakers in the Shaq trade fiasco.