Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reported the deal, which will keep Simmons and Joel Embiid together through at least the 2022-23 season. According to Spotrac, that is when Embiid’s current contract ends.
Ben Simmons knows he won’t take the next step unless he improves his shooting and apparently he is finally taking that to heart.
Simmons was recently seen working out in Los Angeles with renowned NBA trainer Chris Johnson, who posted a picture on Instagram with his arm draped around the point guard. Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, Mavericks guard Seth Curry and Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins were also part of the group, appearing in Johnson’s Instagram story.
In addition to the sessions with Chris Johnson, Simmons has been working out with his teammate Tobias Harris, who raved about what he’s seen from Simmons:
“He’s in the gym religiously every day, grinding and getting better – he’s in great shape. Everybody was trying to figure out why I was guarding him at the 3-point line. It’s really because he hit two of them – I dared him to shoot two of them [3-pointers] he hit two in a row so, that’s why I was there. He’s made big improvements on his game – his jump shot is looking really good, he has the confidence to shoot it.”
Along with the extension for Simmons and Embiid still being under team control for multiple years, the 76ers signed Tobias Harris to a five-year, $180 million maximum contract, keeping him in Philadelphia through the 2023-24 season.
The 76ers also added former Celtics forward Al Horford. He received a four-year, $109 million deal, so he’ll be with them through 2022-23. They also acquired Josh Richardson in the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade with the Heat. Richardson will make $10,116,576 next season and $10,865,952 in 2020-21 and he has a player option for the 2021-22 season worth $11,615,328.
The recent moves prove that the 76ers want to put together a core that can play together for a long time and consistently compete in the Eastern Conference. Setting up the contracts this way can lead to success on a yearly basis and now all that is left is wait and see if they are able to mesh.
Philadelphia 76ers Regular Season Wins in 2019-20
(Courtesy of BetOnline)
Under 53.5 wins -115
Over 53.5 wins -105