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Ben Simmons Offered Richest Deal In Aussie Sports History

The Philadelphia 76ers have offered Australia's Ben Simmons a historic new $US168 million ($A240.4 million) contract.

If, as expected, the 22-year-old accepts the maximum five-year contract extension it will be the richest deal signed by an Australian athlete.

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmon. Photo: Getty

ESPN reported on Tuesday the 76ers and Simmons' agent Rich Paul "are expected to work through the details toward an eventual agreement".

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Simmons will likely pocket more cash with the NBA's new salary cap projections expected to bump it up to $US170 million ($A243.2 million).

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons. Photo: Getty

The 76ers' faith in the Australian comes despite the team suffering consecutive second-round playoff departures in the past two seasons.

It also comes as Simmons is reluctant to shoot the ball from distance, which goes against the modern NBA where three-point shooting from point guards through to centres has become crucial.