The Greensboro Swarm completed a trade yesterday with the Canton Charge, receving Kobi Simmons and the 14th pick in the 2019 G-League Draft in exchange for Jaylen Barford and the Swarm’s 12th pick in the draft. 

Kobi Simmons, 22, was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona in 2017. He had a successful year playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers G-League affiliate, Canton Charge, during his second NBA season. Appearing in 35 games for Canton, he averaged 17.2 points on 44 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals in 31.9 minutes per game.

Simmons spent his rookie season in the Memphis Grizzlies organization on a two-way contract. He appeared in 32 games for the Grizzlies and 26 games for their G-League affiliate, Memphis Hustle. In his time with the Grizzlies, he played 20.1 minutes per game, averaging 6.1 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 rebounds per game. For the Hustle, he averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds.

Training Camp Invite

Kobi Simmons signed an Exhibit 10 Deal with the Hornets. This will allow him to compete in training camp at the end of the month. The Hornets lost their top two point guards from last season in Kemba Walker and Tony Parker. In other words, there is an opportunity for Simmons to compete for that third point guard spot in training camp. If the 6’5″ point guard fails to make the Hornets roster, he will spend the season with the Swarm. That time in Greensboro would be instrumental in helping develop his game.

Simmons has never lacked potential, from being a McDonald’s All-American in high school to putting up solid numbers in the G-League during his first two seasons in the pros. The Hornets are in the beginning stages of a full-on rebuild and a young player like Kobi Simmons is in a perfect situation to be a part of an organization that will be patient as he develops his game.

Hornets training camp begins at the end of the month, and Simmons will have every shot to make the big league squad. Greensboro Swarm players report to training camp on October 27th, with their first game being on November 9th against the Erie Bayhawks (New Orleans Pelicans affiliate).