76ers Reportedly Offering Ben Simmons 5-Year Max Contract Extension

Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers
Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The 76ers may not have gotten Jimmy Butler back on a max deal, but they apparently seem determined lock down a similarly gaudy with one of their foundational players.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Philadelphia has reportedly offered Simmons a five-year max contract extension worth $168 million.

Though the two parties have yet to agree on a deal, they're expected to hammer out the details and ultimately reach an accord. If and when the extension comes to pass, it will constitute a massive decision on the part of the 76ers to lock up a star player and solidify the future of their core for years to come.

Simmons had another standout campaign for Philadelphia last year following his Rookie of the Year performance in 2017-18. He averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists en route to his first career All-Star appearance.

Locking up Simmons would give the 76ers a rising star at point guard for an extended period of time who elevates the players around him and has a solid defensive resume.

And if he can iron out a half-decent jump shot, Elton Brand and Co. will only feel more confident about paying out a big-time extension.