Ben Simmons, 76ers negotiating a 5-year extension

Ben Simmons apparently is about to become the next recipient of a big commitment from the Philadelphia 76ers.

The All-Star point guard and the 76ers are negotiating a $170 million, five-year extension, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The deal will begin in the 2020-21 season.

Simmons will make about $8.1 million this season, the last of his four-year rookie deal. Assuming the sides agree on what will be a full max, Simmons’ salary for the following season would jump to about $29.3 million and eventually rise to nearly $39 million in 2024-25.

It already has been an offseason of big financial commitments for Philadelphia, which will sign Tobias Harris to a $180 million, five-year deal and add Al Horford on a four-year deal that could reach $109 million. Those deals cannot be finalized until the league’s moratorium ends Saturday.

Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft and made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season, earning Rookie of the Year honors. He was an All-Star last season, and has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists in his two on-court seasons.

• Much-traveled forward Jared Dudley agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dudley, 33, will be joining his seventh franchise for his 13th NBA season. Last season with Brooklyn, he averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

• Boston Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen has been sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay $220,000 in fines for accepting $300,000 in bribes to get a wealthy Florida businessman’s son into the University of Pennsylvania when he was the school’s head basketball coach.


Sharks sign Prout, Brodzinski to deals

The Sharks signed defenseman Dalton Prout and forward Jonny Brodzinski to one-year contracts. San Jose also signed defensemen Artemi Kniazev and Nikolai Knyzhov; and forward Zachary Gallant to entry-level deals.

General manager Doug Wilson called Prout, 29, a “responsible” defender who will provide a good net-front presence for the Sharks. Prout had one goal and one assist in 20 games last season for Calgary and has played 262 career games with Columbus, New Jersey and the Flames.

Brodzinski, 26, played 13 games last season for the Los Angeles Kings, recording two goals and one assist. He has six goals and five assists in 54 career NHL games.

• The St. Louis Blues re-signed restricted free agent Sammy Blais to an $850,000, one-year contract. Blais had a goal and two assists in 15 playoff games to help St. Louis win the Stanley Cup.

• The Arizona Coyotes re-signed forward Lawson Crouse to a three-year undisclosed contract.

WNBA: Stephanie Talbot had five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 85-68, victory over the visiting Atlanta Dream.

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