Former NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons has agreed to sign a max contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. If he does add an outside shot to his game, then he could easily be one of the best players in the whole National Basketball Association. The Athletic first reported Monday that the sides had reached an agreement.
From then on, Simmons stands to make a hefty $34 million per season, second only to Harris, who just scored the motherlode upon returning to the City of Brotherly Love. His salary for the next season will jump to about $29.3 million and rise to almost $39 million in 2024-25, according to the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract is not official.
The Philadelphia 76ers have gone about securing the core of their team this summer despite losing two key players in Jimmy Butler and JJ Reddick.
Simmons' new deal will keep him under contract in Philly through the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
Entering the final year of his rookie contract, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft became eligible for the five-year, $170 million contract extension this summer. Embiid signed a five-year, $147 million extension with the 76ers last fall. He was heading into the final year of his rookie contract.
The 22-year-old averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while helping the Sixers earn the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
And fortunately for all parties involved, Simmons will be afforded an opportunity to do so around the same starting five for at least the next three seasons. Both Simmons and Harris went to Los Angeles to work out together and Harris was amazed by the improvement.