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Cleveland Cavaliers sign Kobi Simmons to 10-day contract

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Cavaliers signed guard Kobi Simmons to a 10-day contract, the team announced Sunday morning. 

With the team still trying to overcome injuries and needing a replacement for Cameron Payne, who was let go after his second 10-day deal expired Friday night, the Cavs used their open roster spot on Simmons.

Simmons, 21, was with Cleveland during training camp and preseason. The 6-foot-4 guard has played in 30 games this season with the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA G League team. Simmons is averaging 17.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.3 minutes.

He spent last season as a Two-Way player with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists in 32 games. 

Early Sunday morning, Simmons tweeted his excitement and appreciation while inking his new deal. 

“I’m back,” Simmons posted. “Thank you Cavs for the opportunity! Believe in yourself! Stay solid and keep grinding! It will pay off! Blessed.”

On Saturday night while the rest of his Cavaliers teammates were in Chicago ahead of Sunday’s matinee game against the Bulls, Simmons scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists in 34 minutes during Canton’s loss against Fort Wayne. 

Simmons’ 10-day contract expires prior to the NBA trade deadline, allowing the Cavs to have desired roster flexibility going into that day. 

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