76ers ink Ben Simmons to max five-year extension, agent says

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons averaged 16.9 points 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists last season. File

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons averaged 16.9 points 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists last season. File

The max deal is the latest big commitment by a team expected to make a serious push at its first National Basketball Association championship since 1983. Now that number is slightly skewed because Simmons doesn't exclusively cover other point guards, but when viewed in the context of all players in the league, he still ranked 180th out of 514 players.

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And after locking up the vast majority of his supporting cast for the forthcoming season, this move nicely caps off Elton Brand's first summer as the Sixers' GM. He is also shooting 27.8 percent on more than 300 field-goal attempts beyond 10 feet in his career.

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"The Sixers and Simmons could agree to language that would push that figure as high as $203.58MM in the event that he earns an All-NBA spot next season, but there's no indication yet that those Rose Rule conditions will be included in the agreement", Luke Adams of HoopsRumors wrote. Simmons knows that he needs to improve himself. The Sixers are an up and coming team thanks to young players like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, so it's no surprise that the team is looking to keep those players within the franchise long-term. He said that they were playing 1-on-1 games and then he dared Simmons to shoot the three. Simmons responded and made two in a row so Harris had to adjust his defense on Simmons. "When I dared him to shoot two of them, he hit two in a row". Harris believes that Simmons jump shots are looking better and his confidence is already there.

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Simmons already possesses the intangibles needed to star in the National Basketball Association and he has already shown that. Having the shooting range would level up his game big time and help the Sixers achieve better results next season.

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