Ben Simmons NBA contract | Philadelphia 76ers re-sign Aussie for $A242M

REPORT Former LSU basketball star Ben Simmons signs max contract extension with 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers and star Ben Simmons have agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum extension, Simmons' agent Rich Paul confirmed to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Melbourne-born Simmons was the number one pick to play for the 76ers in 2016. Because Simmons will have less than six years of service time, he'll be eligible for a 25% max deal.

Ben Simmons has signed a $A242 million deal with the 76ers. It's fair to wonder if Donovan Mitchell (88), who finished runner-up to Simmons for Rookie of the Year in 2017-18, should be ahead of Simmons.

Furthermore, at the tender age of 22, this extension locks Simmons in through his 28-year old season - right dead in the middle of his prime.

So whether Brett Brown can continue to plow ahead and progress his team with each passing season, or someone else has to take up the torch in leading the Sixers' charge towards an National Basketball Association championship, there will always be a place for Simmons in any scheme - something very few players can confidently say.

"Last year, the 6'10" point guard averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game and earned his first All-Star nod. He has had 22 triple-doubles in the last two seasons, tied for third most in the league with Denver's Nikola Jokic and trailing Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (59) and the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (26).

Despite his well-rounded production, Simmons has received criticism for his lack of a 3-point shot.

"I don't think it's taking shots just to take them", Simmons said.

That's not even including Josh Richardson's contract, who has three-years and $32.5 million left on his deal. He has yet to hit any of them.

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