Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree To 5-Year, $148 Million Deal

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Here's how a ideal storm of calamity would have to unfold for Embiid to earn any less than the full $146.5 million: Across each of the final four seasons of the extension, ending with the 2022-23 season, the 76ers could waive Embiid for a financial benefit if he's lost because of a contractually agreed-upon injury that causes him to miss 25 or more regular-season games and if he plays less than 1,650 minutes, league sources said.

According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed to deal worth $148 million over five years. He'll make $6.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal. "I LOVE YOU PHILADELPHIA #5MoreYears".

"I'm in an incredible position", Embiid said (see story).

"I love this city and I'm so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing".

The deal is risky due to Embiid's continual health issues since being selected as the third overall pick of the 2014 National Basketball Association draft. His last game played was January 27. "He's just scratching the surface", Brown said after Monday's practice session. "I think he's got a great chance at being the best big in the league ... after I retire". "There's still a lot of work to be done".

We'll have to wait and see just how big the Sixers' bet is, but they've made it and there is no turning back now.

The 23-year-old Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills.

Or anxious enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.


The same will also be true, evidently, for Friday's game against the Miami Heat in Kansas City.

But his popularity hasn't matched his production.

While Embiid's talent is as undeniable as his injury history, getting his signature for a max contract extension couldn't come without some level of precaution for the Sixers' front office. During his rookie season, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks from just 25.4 minutes per game, while shooting an impressive 37 percent from three-point range.

The Philadelphia faithful flocked to the Wells Fargo Center to watch him in action last season and the team even sold out some of the games he was involved in.

Someone with Fultz's body control, poise and basketball I.Q. should find plenty of success early on, but the optimism regarding his immediate production seems to have surpassed where he'll actually stand on opening night. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant "Trust the Process!"

However, the 76ers apparently took drastic steps toward protecting themselves from a serious Embiid injury, from a financial standpoint.

But the flashes of brilliance have convinced Colangelo and ownership that Embiid was worth the risk. He does it with a defensive mindset.

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