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BREAKING: Ben Simmons, 76ers Agree to $170 Million Contract Extension

Simmons is one of the best all-around players in the NBA but concerns still loom over his lack of a jumpshot.

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have reached an agreement on a five-year, $170 million dollar contract extension according to the Athletic.

The two sides opened negotiations when the new league year began on July 1 and the deal was able to be finalized quickly.

Simmons has been one of the rising stars in the NBA since being drafted first overall back in 2017 and has helped lead the 76ers alongside Joel Embiid to becoming one of the contenders in the Eastern Conference.

In two seasons, Simmons has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

The questions surrounding Simmons continue to be whether he can develop a solid jump shot in order to be considered one of the top players in the league.

Despite a career shooting percentage of 55.4%, Simmons has only attempted 17 three-point shots and hasn’t made one of them.

Philadelphia is clearly banking on Simmons continuing to develop his offensive game in hopes that Simmons along with Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford can lead the franchise to it’s first NBA championship since 1983.

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