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Friday, October 18, 2019

Articles tagged: Philadelphia 76ers

Ben Simmons expected to sign five-year, $170 million extension with 76ers

Ben Simmons

The Philadelphia 76ers were unable to bring back Jimmy Butler on a max contract this offseason, but they have wasted no time cutting an equally massive check for another one of their players.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Sixers have offered Ben Simmons a five-year, $170 million max extension, and Simmons is expected to accept once details are sorted out.

Simmons is currently playing on a four-year, $26.6 million rookie contract and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent following next season. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game last year.

The 76ers are now committed to Simmons and Joel Embiid as their core for years to come, with Embiid currently signed through the 2022-2023 season. They also added Al Horford to their frontcourt this week, and they could be the favorites in the Eastern Conference depending upon where Kawhi Leonard ends up.

Tobias Harris remains with 76ers on five-year deal

Tobias Harris

The Philadelphia 76ers will retain at least one of their two big free agents.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, forward Tobias Harris has agreed to stay with the Sixers on a five-year, $180 million max deal.

Harris actually saves the 76ers a bit of money in taking this deal, as he could have made $190 million.

Harris was a key part of the Sixers last season after being acquired in a midseason deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 18.2 points per game during the regular season after the trade.

The 76ers’ chances of retaining their other star free agent, Jimmy Butler, are less clear. That’s a lot of money to invest in Harris, and reports indicate that Butler may be looking elsewhere. Still, keeping one of the two is huge, and ensures that Philadelphia can remain an Eastern Conference contender next season.

Ben Simmons, 76ers reportedly discussing contract extension

Ben Simmons

NBA teams were lining up to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire new players when free agency opened on Sunday, and the Philadelphia 76ers are also putting time aside to take care of one of their own.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have begun discussing a contract extension with Ben Simmons and his agent, Rich Paul.

Simmons is currently playing on a four-year, $26.6 million rookie contract and is scheduled to become an restricted free agent following next season. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game last year. The 76ers signing him to a max contract is a matter of when, not if.

76ers willing to offer Al Horford more than $100 million?

Al Horford

There are several teams that are interested in signing Al Horford once free agency begins on Sunday evening, and the Philadelphia 76ers are apparently one of the most enthusiastic.

Horford, who chose not to opt into the final year of his contract with the Boston Celtics, has reportedly received an offer of more than $100 million over four years from at least one team. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 Phoenix was told the Sixers are that “mystery team.”

The New Orleans Pelicans are also said to be interested in Horford, which makes sense considering he is a respected veteran who could be a mentor for Zion Williamson and their other young players. Despite his recent social media activity, however, Horford may be too expensive for the Pelicans. The Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings have been mentioned as other possibilities.

The 76ers should have plenty of money to spend if they lose Jimmy Butler and/or Tobias Harris in free agency. Spending it on Horford would be a smart move, though the big man is 33 and a four-year deal would take him through his age-36 season.

Report: At least two teams no longer interested in Kevin Durant due to injury

Kevin Durant injury

Kevin Durant should have no problem finding a team to overlook his Achilles injury and sign him to a max contract this summer, but the competition for his services may not be as great as it once was.

The Golden State Warriors are said to be willing to offer Durant a max contract to re-sign with them, and reports have indicated that the New York Knicks will not be deterred, either. We can also add the Brooklyn Nets to that list, but Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report wrote on Monday that sources have told him at least two teams are backing off of their pursuit of Durant.

Those two teams, Bucher says, are the Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers. The issue for both is that they feel they are close to contending, and they want to build off their playoff success from last season rather than pay Durant more than $30 million to sit out next year. The Clippers, of course, have made Kawhi Leonard their top target.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Friday that the Nets are gaining confidence that they can sign Durant. They are considered the clear frontrunner to land Kyrie Irving, but they may not want him unless another star joins him. Brooklyn would apparently be willing to have Durant be that star, even if he won’t be available at all next season.

Report: Sixers in danger of losing both Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

The Philadelphia 76ers are faced with the prospect of having to retain both Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler as free agents this offseason, but they may not even be able to keep either.

Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck said this week on The Full 48 podcast that he has heard chatter that the 76ers may lose both Harris and Butler to free agency, and that the core of the team had “strange dynamics” when matched together.

“I have heard some very strong rumblings this week that the Sixers are gonna lose one—and maybe even both—of Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler,” Beck said, via Kyle Newport of Bleacher Report. “Take it with all due grains of salt, we’re talking about this still on June 21, but I would not be surprised if Jimmy Butler and/or Tobias Harris go elsewhere. The Sixers just have some strange dynamics with that group.”

Butler will draw huge interest, not just from Philadelphia. The reality is that both will be among the most in-demand players in free agency, and Philadelphia will be facing a major battle to keep them.

Report: Sixers prepared to do ‘whatever it takes’ to keep Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

The Philadelphia 76ers face a battle to retain top free agent guard Jimmy Butler, but they’re ready to do whatever is necessary to do so.

Butler will decline his player option for next season, according to Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The Sixers, however, are “adamant about doing whatever it takes” to keep Butler in the fold.

Butler hitting the open market will prove to be a headache for the 76ers, as he figures to attract multiple max offers. The report lists the Los Angeles Lakers as one interested party. Philadelphia also must balance this with their desire to keep another key free agent in Tobias Harris.

Intentionally or not, Butler has ramped up speculation that he’s already played his last game with the Sixers. He’ll attract lots of interest, and Philadelphia might have a tough time retaining him.