Ben Simmons is about to get paid. The 76ers point guard and the team agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract extension Monday, according to a league source.
This comes as no surprise as the team and Simmons' agent, Rich Paul, have been working out details since July 2. The max extension was originally believed to be $168.2 million. However, it's actually higher than $170 million because of the new salary cap projections.
The extension, which begins during the 2020-21 season, is the richest contract ever for an Australian. Simmons could receive over $200 million if he makes an All-NBA team this season.
The 22-year-old averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists last season. He had 10 triple-doubles last year and has 22 for his career. He joins Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players with at least 10 triple-doubles in each of their first two seasons.
Cavaliers waive J.R. Smith
The Cavaliers waived colorful shooting guard J.R. Smith, ending his eventful tenure with the team.
Cleveland had been trying to trade Smith, who had one year left on his contract for $15.6 million, but the team couldn't find the right package and released him to make space under the salary cap and avoid paying luxury taxes.
Smith's days were numbered when he agreed to leave the club in November after 11 games. The 33-year-old has averaged 12.5 points on 42% shooting (37% from three-point range) and could play strong defense when motivated over his 15-year career.
Giants suspend Moore
The New York Giants suspended backup safety Kam Moore amid charges he punched a woman, stepped on her neck and rendered her unconscious.
The alleged incident took place last Thursday. Moore appeared in Union County Superior Court on Monday to face charges of third-degree aggravated assault.
Moore could be subject to a six-game suspension for a first-time offense.
... Kicker Robbie Gould agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the 49ers hours ahead of the deadline for franchise-tagged players to do so. Had Gould not come to terms, he would have played this year for a $4.97 million.
... Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has finally shed the massive brace on his right leg eight months after breaking his tibia and fibula in gruesome fashion. Smith hopes to return for the 2020 season.
... Bengals left guard Clint Boling retired after eight seasons in the NFL, citing medical concerns. The club posted that he has been dealing with a blood clot. ... Tennessee defensive lineman Derrick Morgan says he's retiring after playing nine NFL seasons.
Rookie takes stage
Tour de France rookie Wout Van Aert won Stage 10 after a sprint to the line Monday, while Julian Alaphilippe kept the race leader's yellow jersey ahead of a rest day.
Crosswinds caused the peloton to stretch and break into several groups during the last 35 kilometers of the 217.5-kilometer trek from Saint-Flour to Albi. Defending champion Geraint Thomas reached the finish line in the main pack, but several favorites, including Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, were caught off guard and lost ground.
•Defending champion Van Holmgren of Baker National shot a 4-under-par 68 and took the first-day lead at the three-day MGA State Amateur championship at Somerby Golf Club. Jesse Larson of LeSueur Country Club was two shots back after a 70, and four golfers were tied at 1 under. The field will be cut to top-60 plus ties after Tuesday's second round.
•St. Paul Saints infielder Josh Allen was named the American Association Player of the Week. Allen went 13-for-27 (.482) with three home runs and six RBI in seven games.
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