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Following a strong 2017 Summer League campaign, Abdel Nader signed a multiyear deal with the Boston Celtics. While playing last season with the Maine Red Claws (Boston’s G League affiliate), Nader averaged 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists en route to winning the 2016-17 G League Rookie of the Year award. He shot 44.6 percent from the floor and drained a team-high 99 threes.
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Just a day after moving into his Waltham, MA home, Abdel Nader was off to Canobie Lake Park alongside fellow rookie Gursheon Yabusele to meet kids from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty as part of the Shamrock Foundation.

As it has for the past few summers, the Celtics’ Shamrock Foundation took kids from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to Canobie Lake Park for some fun in the sun Thursday. C’s co-owner and president of the Shamrock Foundation Stephen Pagliuca was joined by rookie forwards Abdel Nader (above) and Guerschon Yabusele, and everyone enjoyed a day of rides and a performance by a Bruno Mars look-alike.

One day after Eurohoops’ report the American swingman is officially a member of the Turkish club which is preparing for the upcoming BSL season and also for the Basketball Champions League.

In the dry, suffocating heat of Las Vegas, visitors arrive from near and far to gamble, drink and party. Abdel Nader flew into the city late last month with an entirely different agenda -- to make an NBA team -- but still cashed out one of the biggest bets of his life. 

Simmons and the Spurs ultimately couldn't come to an agreement on his future in San Antonio which led to the team pulling their qualifying offer thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

Simmons and the Spurs ultimately couldn't come to an agreement on his future in San Antonio which led to the team pulling their qualifying offer thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

Free-agent guard Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year contract with the Orlando Magic, league sources told The Vertical.

Simmons became an unrestricted free agent on Thursday when the San Antonio Spurs rescinded his qualifying offer, and his agent, Cervando Tejeda, finalized an agreement with Orlando on Friday.

The Boston Celtics and 2016 second-round selection Abdel Nader have agreed in principle to a four-year contract worth $6 million, league sources told The Vertical.

His agent, Cervando Tejeda, has been in discussions to finalize the rookie deal, and Nader plans to sign on Friday.

HOUSTON — Ross Hodge caught the latest installment of Jonathon Simmons’s improbable story on television Thursday night, watching as Simmons, a second-year swingman for the San Antonio Spurs, darted through the lane in the first quarter and dunked on the Houston Rockets. It was a sign of more destruction to come.

Abdel Nader has a newfound appreciation for the point guard position. After playing a good chunk of the season as the Maine Red Claws’ primary ball handler, he understands just how tough the position can be.

It’s the middle of December, a little more than a week before Christmas. Jonathon Simmons is standing in the middle of a Houston church speaking to a crowd of about 40 adults and children ready to distribute Best Buy gift cards worth $100 each.

LOOK: Jonathon Simmon's custom 'Rising Stars Challenge' sneakers

San Antonio Spurs' Jonathon Simmons will be playing tonight at the "Rising Stars Challenge" at the 2017 NBA All-Star weekend and will be doing it in style.The team at Dank & Co. made some custom sneakers for Simmons which includes the name of his home town of Houston, TX, the name of his ABA team "Sugar Land Legends" and sports the black and white look of San Antonio's colors.

Austin Spurs Alum Jonathon Simmons Named to NBA All-Star’s Rising Stars Challenge

The second-year San Antonio Spurs guard was selected to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge as part of a U.S. Team roster than includes heralded young stars like Karl Anthony-Towns and Devin Booker. Simmons took much different road to the game — a long, winding road that included stops at two junior colleges, a stint in the now-defunct American Basketball League, an open tryout with the Austin Spurs and two seasons in the NBA D-League.

Jonathon Simmons selected to the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons has been selected to the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. The second-year Spur was chosen by the league’s assistant coaches and is the first Spurs player to be selected for the Rising Stars Challenge since Kawhi Leonard in 2013.
 

Celtics Draft Pick Abdel Nader Named NBA D-League Performer of the Week

Nader (6-8, Iowa State) led Maine to a 2-0 week, averaging 26.0 points (eighth in the league) on 48.6 percent shooting to go with 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal.

Nader All NBA D-League Showcase Team

The Celtics may have found something with the third-to-last pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Born in Egypt, raised in Illinois and bound for pro ball by way of Northern Illinois and Iowa State, Nader has been showcasing skills in Maine this season that few thought he had. The 6-8 forward showed the type of versatility that NBA teams covet, firing passes to teammates out of the pick-and-roll and the post, knocking down shots with his much-improved jumper and smoothly controlling the game on the offensive end

How Jonathon Simmons found his way to the Spurs

Before the soaring dunks and improbable investment from a cornerstone NBA franchise, Jonathon Simmons had been playing pro-am games, participating in chorus music and playing drums at his local church. For all of the pathways toward crime and violence in his hometown of Houston, Simmons had his voice and drum sticks. He calls himself a “1-percenter” who embraced the church to avoid the wreckage surrounding him.

Nader Puts Celtics on Notice

The Maine Red Claws and Canton Charge were locked in a tie Thursday. With 22 seconds remaining, Red Claws rookie forward Abdel Nader ran his man into a pick, freeing himself behind the arc. He caught the inbounds pass and pulled up for a game-winning three. Swish.

Only an injury could slow down Abdel Nader

Maine Red Claws coach Scott Morrison said Celtics draft pick Abdel Nader, who has been sidelined since injuring his left shoulder Nov. 22, is likely to return for the team’s two-game homestand this weekend.

Nader thriving in professional ranks

Former Cyclone averaging 27.6 ppg in NBA D-League

 

The reality hit Abdel Nader pretty hard.Fred Hoiberg was going to the Chicago Bulls from his post as the head coach of the Iowa State men’s basketball program, leaving Nader to contemplate the unknown about his basketball present and future.

DJ Kennedy signs with Foshan Long Lions

DJ Kennedy is a new player of Chinese team Foshan Long Lions.
Kennedy, who was at the Nuggets training camp, will replace Ryan Boatright who was averaging 24 points per contest.

Jonathon Simmons cuts a path from Smiley to Spurs

You've seen his blocked shot on Steph Curry from the season opener repeatedly on "SportsCenter" and NBA TV. You've read his story - how he went from trying out for the D-League to playing in the NBA. Now you can see him in his hometown.

The Cycle Season 1: Abdel Nader

1 on 1 with Abdel Nader and his path to the NBA from Egypt. 

Who is this guy Jonathon Simmons!

Jonathon Simmons has exploded out of nowhere. Who is he and where is he from?

Simmons The Greatest Story In Basketball

It’s been covered everywhere from the San Antonio Express-News to ESPN to NBA.com. It’s been called everything from an “impossible dream” to “the greatest story in basketball.” Now take a tour through Jonathon Simmons’ journey step by step. As the 27-year-old swingman looks to break out with the Spurs, we detail his rise:

Simmons Q&A with Slam Mag

Jonathon Simmons is far from your average second-year NBA player. The 27-year-old has had a long and winding road to the League, playing for two colleges and two semi-pro leagues before securing a guaranteed contract with the Spurs before the 2015-16 season. He’s here now, ready to make a significant impact for the retooled, Kawhi Leonard - led Spurs.

Nader Best Player in Summer League

Very few people, if any, would have thought that the 58th player in the draft would be one of the biggest stars on the Boston Celtics summer league team. Sure, Isaiah Thomas helped us believe in the late second round picks, but with six rookies on the roster, Abdel Nader was more of a second thought than anything.

Improbable Path: Jonathon Simmons' Rise

When Jonathon Simmons walked into an Austin gym three years ago, he was one of 60 guys refusing to give up on a dream. The Austin Toros held an open tryout at Concordia University in September 2013, where the requirements were a $150 registration fee and an accurate size for a souvenir jersey.

Kennedy Signs With Denver

DJ Kennedy, the 2011 graduate of St. John's who starred for a year under Steve Lavin and for three years under Norm Roberts, gets another shot at playing in the NBA with a partially guaranteed deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Dustin Hogue Moves to Trento

Dustin Hogue will continue his career in Italy, as he was announced by Trento Basket. Last season, the 24-year-old forward played for Kifisia BC in the Greek Basket League and his performances were always satisfying. More precisely, he finished the season averaging  12.5 points and 8 rebounds per game.

Nader No Longer Under Radar

The 6-foot-6 inch, 22 year old forward out of Iowa State has been a pleasant surprise during Summer League and may have earned himself a spot on next season’s roster. However, Nader did say after being drafted that he was willing to play in the D-League, according to Draft Express, which could help out Danny AInge with his roster flexibility in case of any trades that could occur.

Simmons Spurs Next Hidden Gem

26-year-old NBA player who paid $150 to try out for the D-League has become the Spurs' latest hidden gem

Denver Nuggets Training Camp Outlook: The Mysterious DJ Kennedy

DJ Kennedy or his real name David John Kennedy has gone under the radar for quite some time. He was undrafted coming out of the 2011 NBA Draft. He was picked up by the Cavaliers and obviously has not been able to stick around there.

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