76ers, Ben Simmons agree to contract extension

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Whether this deal ultimately looks like a bargain or a slight disappointment remains to be seen based on the team's ultimate trajectory and the players' commitment to getting better, but with a very high floor and virtually no ceiling, the Philadelphia 76ers decision to max out Ben Simmons is as big a no-brainer as I've seen in the National Basketball Association. After locking up Embiid, the attention has now been turned to Simmons.

Simmons is coming off a second National Basketball Association season in which he garnered his first-ever All-Star nod, averaging 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game.

The 2016 first overall pick Ben Simmons is one of the most gifted young players in the league now.

Simmons may be the pride of Australia in the NBA, but the point guard could face criticism from his country after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Sixers star is planning to snub the chance to represent Australia in the upcoming FIBA basketball world cup.

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Simmons, 23, will receive a nice steady increase in his pay once the extension kicks in, in 2020-21. After initially opening up talks on the first day of free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers have officially signed Ben Simmons to a brand new five-year, max contract.

Kawhi Leonard is gone from the Eastern Conference, though, and Philly will enter the 2019-20 season as one of the favorites to reach the NBA Finals. Simmons responded and made two in a row so Harris had to adjust his defense on Simmons.

"I don't think it's taking shots just to take them", Simmons said. The Sixers re-signed forward Tobias Harris to a five-year, $180 million contract last week. But it was really because he hits two of them from the three-point line.

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