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June 18, 2008 8:14 PM

Simmons signs for two more years in Israel

Posted by Bob Condotta

Former Husky Tre Simmons is headed to Israel for another two years, according to this story today from

As the story details, Simmons has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv, generally regarded as one of the top teams in Europe. That's the same team Simmons helped beat earlier this year when he was playing for Hapoel Holon. Simmons scored 18 points as Hapoel Holon beat Maccabi Tel Aviv for the Israeli League title, a performance that evidently impressed the right people.

Simmons has spent the last season-and-a-half in Israel, and obviously is enjoying it despite the fact that his season last year was interrupted briefly after a scary incident when a fan threw a large firecracker on the court near the end of a game. He returned home to regroup for a few days after that incident and I caught up with him to talk with him about that after a win over Eastern Washington.

CONROY TRYING OUT IN SAN ANTONIO --- Another former Husky, Will Conroy, has set his sights on making it back to the NBA. Conroy has spent the past two days working out for the San Antonio Spurs. Conroy said last month he has several offers for summer league teams but is trying to decide which one will give him the best avenue back to the league.

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Posted by Lars Hansen

1:34 PM, Jun 19, 2008

what kind of money do you suppose Tre is making over there?

Posted by Bob Condotta

2:54 PM, Jun 19, 2008

I don't know for sure, but definitely into the six figures. It's supposed to be pretty good money, and the established teams like that one pay more than others.

Posted by lox

6:58 PM, Jun 19, 2008

According to Israeli media, Tre's contract is $450,000 per year. That's actually pretty low for a player on a team like Maccabi, but a big step up from what he was making before.

Posted by amber

10:46 PM, Jun 26, 2008

Thanks for keeping us updated on Tre's career.
He's still my favorite recent UW player.

Hey, the pay sounds a lot better than the D-League.
And he possibly gets additional perks. Hopefully he's too busy to spend it and stashes most of it away for the future.

(I know someone who played NFL ball in Europe and didn't make that much...)

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