Philadelphia 76ers offer Ben Simmons 5-year max extension, report says

Kevin Wright
July 02, 2019 - 2:02 pm
Mar 20, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after assisting on a score against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to lock down their star point guard Ben Simmons with a max extension, a new report says.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are hoping to sign the former Rookie of the Year to a five-year $170 million extension.  

Woj reports, the Sixers and Simmons’ agent “Rich Paul are expected to work through the details toward an eventual agreement.”

While this doesn’t mean a deal is done, it does mean that keeping their core strength (Simmons, Joel Embiid and now Tobias Harris) together is high on the team’s priority list.

On Sunday, the beginning of this year’s NBA Free Agency, the 76ers also brought back SF Tobias Harris on a five-year $180 million contact, and SG Mike Scott on a two-year deal for $9.8 million.

The hit would keep on coming, as they also pulled of a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat for SG Jimmy Butler. Talk has been back-and-forth on whether Butler actually turned down a super-max deal with Philadelphia. But if he did turn it down, Sixers GM Elton Brand made sure he got something out of it. That something would be 25-year-old SG Josh Richardson.

That drama aside, Brand would round out the jam packed Sunday news with a five-time all-star, and former Boston Celtic in Al Horfrod. Say what you will about a 33-year-old getting a four-year deal, worth $97 million and incentives, the Sixers took one of Embiid biggest Eastern Conference rivals last year off the board. How that decision will pan out…only time will tell.

What we do know is, if Simmons takes this offer, the 76ers starting five will be a problem in the East for a while.

  • PG: Ben Simmons – 5 years$170 million
  • SG: Josh Richardson – 3 years about $32.5 million
  • SF: Tobias Harris – 5 years $180 million
  • PF: Al Horford – 4 years $97 million
  • C: Joel Embiid – 4 years more than $122.2 million

Now, all deals are not officially complete by league rule until July 6, but for the time being this looks to be an exciting season with no contract distractions.