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NBA veteran Jonathon Simmons joining Santa Cruz Warriors in G League

NBA veteran Jonathon Simmons joining Santa Cruz Warriors in G League

The Santa Cruz Warriors soon will add a former NBA player to their roster.

Jonathon Simmons is going to be joining Golden State's G League affiliate, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Jabari Young of CNBC first reported the news Monday.

To clarify -- players sign with the G League itself and not with individual teams. So Simmons likely is being claimed by a team above Santa Cruz on the waiver wire, and then traded to the Sea Dubs.

We will learn the particulars soon.

Simmons -- who turned 30 years old in September -- played for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

He averaged 13.2 points against the Houston Rockets in the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals, and 15.3 points and 3.3 assists against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

The Houston native then signed a three-year contract with the Orlando Magic worth $18 million ($13.3 million guaranteed).

He averaged 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2017-18, while shooting nearly 47 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

His numbers dipped last season and he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers just before the trade deadline. 

After appearing in just seven of Philly's 12 playoff games, Simmons was traded to the Washington Wizards in late June and waived soon thereafter.

Based on Golden State's current roster situation, it appears Simmons believes he has a shot at earning a 10-day contract with the Warriors and reviving his NBA career.

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As coach Steve Kerr told reporters last week: "I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at. We'll see how that all pans out. But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

Dragan Bender currently is on a 10-day deal, while Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell (who both play for Santa Cruz right now) received 10-day contracts before the All-Star break.

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Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Juan Toscano-Anderson was fantastic in the Warriors' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

He racked up 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal, and was a team-best plus-six in 28 minutes off the bench.

But let's go back to something that transpired last Friday, because you might have missed the news.

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Zach Norvell Jr. (who was on a 10-day contract with Golden State before the All-Star break) from the South Bay Lakers in exchange for a G League 2020 first-round draft pick and ...

... the G League returning player rights to Juan Toscano-Anderson.

What does that mean exactly? Well, if JTA isn't on an NBA roster at the beginning of next season and chooses to sign with the G League, he will suit up for South Bay and not Santa Cruz.

The Sea Dubs could reacquire the Oakland native, but it would come at a cost in a trade.

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Toscano-Anderson, of course, is hoping to stay in the NBA so none of this comes into play.

Also keep in mind that the 26-year-old could sign a two-way contract as well.

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Mic'd-up Ky Bowman brings fun, passion to recent Santa Cruz Warriors practice

Mic'd-up Ky Bowman brings fun, passion to recent Santa Cruz Warriors practice

The Warriors are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, currently averaging nearly four losses for every win. They only have two winning "streaks" so far, and in the face of constant losing, it would be completely understandable if the team's morale suffered.

Yes, there have been extended periods throughout the course of the season during which Golden State has hung its heads. After all, this is a stark contrast to the reality the franchise has recently become used to. But, thanks to an influx of new players, most of whom are young and fighting for their NBA opportunities, the Warriors have managed to have plenty of fun amid all the losses.

Given what Ky Bowman said while mic'd up at a recent Santa Cruz Warriors practice, and it's easy to see why.

Have a look for yourself in the video at the top of the page.

He doesn't ever seem to slow down or stop talking, and it sure looks like his enthusiasm is contagious. Bowman has gone back and forth between Golden State and Santa Cruz this year, and he brings that lively spirit with him wherever he goes.

Thanks to his own determination, the hope is that he won't be making that trip much more often. After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bowman signed a two-way deal with Golden State. However, he outperformed that, and the Warriors signed him to a standard, multi-year NBA contract on Feb. 7.

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Bowman appears to be a part of the Warriors' future, which should include plenty more laughs.