Simmons was waived by the Cavaliers on Saturday, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.
Simmons wasn't able to impress the coaching staff enough to warrant an NBA roster spot. He appeared in 32 games for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 6.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 boards in 20.1 minutes. He'll presumably spend time in the G-League this season.
Simmons had 23 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 10-12 FT), six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 28 minutes during Monday's 97-92 summer league loss to Portland.
Simmons rounded out his time in Vegas with a nice all-around performance. While he didn't shoot the ball all that well, he was able to get to the free-throw line with some regularity and chipped in with three steals. He is fighting to be Mike Conley's primary backup once the regular season begins but he will need to continue to impress across training camp and the preseason.
Simmons produced 15 points (3-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 8-8 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes during Sunday's 82-73 summer league victory over the 76ers.
Simmons had a nice all-around game despite some poor shooting from the field. The seven assists were nice and were clearly a team-high. The Grizzlies have some bodies returning this season and have recruited during the offseason which means Simmons is far from a lock to make the final roster.
Simmons recorded 13 points (3-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds and an assist across 20 minutes in Saturday's Vegas Summer League second-round win over the Jazz
With all the time Simmons logged with the team last year, one would think that his job was safe in the rotation, but Simmons didn't get summoned to the Summer League by accident. Memphis intends to compete, and there's a logjam in the backcourt depth chart. Kyle Anderson's arrival and Mike Conley's return don't bode well for Simmons, and if he doesn't impress in training camp this season, he could be on the outside looking in.
Through six summer league contests, Simmons is averaging 14.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. He played 643 minutes for the Grizzlies last season, though may have trouble reaching that mark again in 2017-18, as the team will be more focused on competing for the playoffs.
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