Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ben Simmons agrees to 5-year, $170 million extension with Sixers

Ben Simmons agrees to 5-year, $170 million extension with Sixers

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Sixers and Simmons have agreed to a 5-year $170 million contract extension with Simmons.

"Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is "doubtful" to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup this summer, his agent Rich Paul tells ESPN".

As the first Australian to win National Basketball Association rookie of the year, in 2017, Simmons has slam dunked the maximum amount the National Basketball Association franchise can offer him - 242 million Australian dollars.

The Sixers' deal with Simmons is one of several big stories surrounding the 76ers this offseason.

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Melbourne-born Simmons was the number one pick to play for the 76ers in 2016.

Cherry-Evans - the NRL's top earner - is on an eight-year contract worth about $1.3 million per season. 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. By setting up the contracts in this fashion, it could lead to success on a yearly basis, assuming the new-look group is able to mesh and thrive while playing together. Consider this: the 22-year-old averaged just over 34 minutes per game in the 2018-2019 season.

"I think I want to work on everything and continue to let my game grow", Simmons said at the end of the season. He was an All-Star for the first time last season.

It also surpasses the earnings of some of Australia's sporting greats including Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, who signed a deal with Renault for $48.9 million or golfer Jason Day whose best year (between 2014-15) earned him almost $US10 million, GQ reported. In the past two seasons he has had 22 triple-doubles and 80 double-doubles, emerging as a dominant finisher at the rim. He has yet to hit any of them.

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