Ben Simmons signs 5 year, $170M extension

Andrew Porter
July 15, 2019 - 1:41 pm

Ben Simmons has officially signed his five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension, according to Shams Charnia. It was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Simmons and the Sixers were in talks, back on July 2nd. 

Simmons turns 23 in five days. In just two NBA seasons, Simmons has already won a rookie of the year award and reached an all-star team. In his first NBA seasons, Simmons became just the eighth player in NBA history to average at least 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in a single season. Last season, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. 

The knock on Simmons has been his jump shot, or lack thereof. Simmons is reluctant to shoot from the outside and is just a 58.3-percent foul shooter through his first two NBA seasons. 

Simmons became eligble to sign the rookie scale max extension beginning on July 1st. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the Sixers in 2016 after playing one season at LSU.  

The Sixers now have Simmons and Tobias Harris signed through the next five seasons. Joel Embiid, who signed a five year rookie scale max extension worth $147,710,050 before the 2017 season, has four years remaining on his contract.