Shams Charania: Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension, agent Rich Paul tells @The Athletic @Stadium.
The Magic said they had no idea when Markelle Fultz would play for them. Caron Butler – whose agent as a player was Raymond Brothers, who also represents Fultz – offered a more encouraging prognosis. Butler on NBA TV (hat tip: Orlando Magic Podcast): “The guy that no one’s talking about, who’s healthy, who’s working his tale off right now all summer long: Markelle Fultz.”
New Knick Marcus Morris and his agent Rich Paul have agreed to part ways, sources told the Daily News. The separation comes after a controversial free agency in which Morris, 29, signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks after reneging on an agreement with the Spurs for two years, $20 million. The late offer from the Knicks arrived because of unexpected cap space. One of their other free agent targets, Reggie Bullock, had an issue with his physical and the Knicks are reworking his contract for a lesser salary.
Morris, according to a source, turned down a $41 million offer from the Clippers before pivoting to the Spurs and, eventually, the Knicks. Paul has emerged as an NBA lightning rod with his Sports Illustrated cover story and high-profile clients such as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, John Wall and Ben Simmons. He pushed for Davis’ trade from New Orleans to the Lakers — a saga that essentially sabotaged last season for both teams — and recently secured a max offer for Simmons in Philly. Still, he has never had a player in New York, and it will remain that way after the separation from Morris.