Ben Simmons

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The Indiana Pacers agreed to a contract extension with point guard Malcolm Brogdon on Monday. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (see Tweet below), the deal is for two-years $45 million, which will be added to his deal that already has two years remaining. 

Therefore, he is locked up for four seasons now. 

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ESPN's Bobby Marks shared a very fascinating detail about the extension (see Tweet below). 

Marks notes that Brogdon cannot be traded this season. 

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Therefore, the Pacers, who had been mentioned by many as a possible team to acquire Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers are likely out of that sweepstakes now.

Anything is possible in the NBA, but Brogdon would have been a key piece in any trade, because of his large salary and the fact that he shot over 38% from three-point range while averaging a career-high 21.2 points per game last season. 

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On October 2, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (see Tweet below and read article here), mentioned the Pacers as one of the six teams interested in the three-time All-Star. 

While a deal still could get done centered around someone like Caris LeVert, it reminds much less likely with Brogdon unable to be moved. 

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