Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers agree on five-year, $170 million extension

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers agree on five-year, $170 million extension

The Philadelphia 76ers have reached agreement on a maximum contract extension with guard Ben Simmons, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

ESPN said Simmons' agent Rich Paul had confirmed the deal, although the parties had until mid-October to finalize the extension of Simmons' rookie contract.

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The extension will come into effect in the 2020-21 season after the final year of his rookie deal.

That figure means he's not just one of the best paid Aussie athletes ever, it means he'll become one of the most cashed-up ballers in the league.

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The Sixers will have one of the most-expensive teams in National Basketball Association history moving forward, with Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford all on big nine-figure contracts.

He shot just 20.9-percent from mid-range last season. The 22-year-old was eligible to sign such a deal on Jul. 1.

Despite criticism of Simmons' unreliable jumpshot, he has a strong triple double - where a player scores double digits in three of the categories - assists, steals, blocks, points and total rebounds. Harris' deal with the Sixers is worth $180 million over five years, per Spotrac, and comes after he was acquired via trade by Philly and had a successful end to the 2018-19 season.

Simmons had been expected to play for the Boomers in Perth against Canada on August 16 and 17, and then feature in two exhibition games against the United States in Melbourne on August 22 and 24. At some point, them two young players, who are both terrific young players.

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