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Joel Embiid OKs five-year, $148M deal with Sixers

Joel Embiid OKs five-year, $148M deal with Sixers

This, in general, has been an odd preseason run for the Philadelphia 76ers.

With Joel Embiid limited to just 31 games during his first three years in the National Basketball Association because of injury, the Sixers were bound to place injury clauses into the big man's new five-year, $146.5 million contract extension. His last game played was January 27.

But they had to do it.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to fix a torn meniscus in his knee.

Joel Embiid has been tied down to perhaps the most unique contract ever in the National Basketball Association by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid is seven feet tall and scored over 20 points per game last season. If Embiid meets the super max criteria, he could earn an as much as $178 million on the contract, league sources said.

Next up on the extension list are the first two picks of the 2014 draft. Grabbing the product out of Kansas who looked to be the best prospect available was the first step in the direction of building a contender. What if Joel Embiid is never healthy? And this only covers the final four years of Embiid's extension, so these provisions can't begin until the 2019-20 season.

PhillyVoice reached out to reps at NBC Sports Philadelphia for comment on whether there would be a change of plans based on Embiid's availability.

The promising 23-year-old agreed to a five-year, $148 million deal with the 76ers, who publicly announced the agreement on Tuesday.

Just last week, Embiid was going for a midnight jog through Philadelphia and a Lyft driver caught the scene on camera.

Can you imagine how unguardable and how incredible Embiid can be if he can put an entire healthy season- or two, or three- together? Philadelphia loves Embiid, and he loves them right back. Five years? You are set. Last season, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season prematurely.

Trusting the process just got a whole lot more expensive. So, how did Embiid celebrate this major pay day? Oh, and he shot 36.7 percent from three-point range.

Being able to shoot, rebound, block, and post-up, Embiid has everything a team would want in the modern Center. Though those numbers might not hold up once his restriction is lifted, at this point, it's okay to deem them to be within the realm of possibility. When he wasn't? They operated as a 19.7-win team. But it's a gamble worth taking.

His performance previous year garnered the respect of even harshest critics.

"I'm so thrilled to be in this position", Embiid said in a statement.

"He has a chance to be great", Brown said. The hype and pressure surrounding Embiid, Ben Simmons' return, and Markelle Fultz may have spurred the Sixers organization into action and as a result, Embiid got an extension sooner than later. Brown even likened Embiid to a musician. "I can't wait for him to start playing with us". The city that embraces Embiid, even with his flaws, feels the same way. Aside from injuries, Parker has showed talent and potential to be worth similar to what Wiggins and Embiid will receiver.


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