And according to Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, Simmons is actually making progress. The deal is the biggest signed by an Australian athlete and it will make him the highest earner from his country in the National Basketball Association when he overtakes veteran center Andrew Bogut.
The Philadelphia 76ers have gone about securing the core of their team this summer despite losing two key players in Jimmy Butler and JJ Reddick. He was heading into the final year of his rookie contract.
Simmons was also set to play for the Boomers twice in Perth against a strong Canadian squad before jetting out to China.
The former No. 1 overall draft pick joins star big man Joel Embiid as a max contract player, PhillyVoice reports.
Simmons, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, has accepted the extension.
He won Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 and earned All-Star honors this past season. Last season he averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. Simmons responded and made two in a row so Harris had to adjust his defense on Simmons. He is 0-for-17 in his career from the 3-point line and is a career 58% free-throw shooter.
Although he vowed to improve his shooting during last year's offseason, not much has changed about Simmons' game.
"I don't think it's taking shots just to take them", Simmons said.
The Sixers will have one of the most-expensive teams in National Basketball Association history moving forward, with Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford all on big nine-figure contracts.