There’s no real negotiation when it comes to signing an NBA rookie deal — the figures are set by the CBA (although teams can, and most do, give up to 120 percent of that number). So for No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, it was just a formality that he would sign with the team and get the deal done.
He did that Saturday.
(Note: Free agents who agreed to terms in recent days can’t officially sign with teams until the end of the moratorium on July 7; however that rule does not apply to rookie contracts.)
Simmons likely will make $5.9 million next season (which is 120 percent of the No. 1 pick slot).
He is expected to play with the Sixers Summer League team in Utah and Las Vegas.