Joel Embiid, Sixers agree to monster five-year, $148 million extension

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2017

Embiid was last year's leading scorer and dubbed his own nickname "The Process" after the Sixers slogan in the years they were tanking.

After garnering a five-year, $148 million extension from the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, center Joel Embiid is now listed as probable to make his preseason debut on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, according to Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly. More to the point, the franchise is hopeful enough in his future that it was willing to promise him almost $150 million. The team's gone through a tough and trying rebuild, drafting players like Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor to forge a foundational core that could keep the Sixers relevant and contending for many years. Embiid averaged 20 points on 46% shooting, 36% from downtown, with almost eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. But Sam Hinkie decided that Embiid possessed the kind of talent whose potential eclipsed whatever increase in certainty the Sixers would have gained by passing on him for a better known commodity. His last game played was January 27.

The first three years of Embiid's career unavoidably conjures up visions of Oden's tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Philadelphia 76ers are giving Joel Embiid some big money. "But when you look at his body of work and realize that he has played only 31 games and has only played basketball for six years and that he is 23, he is just scratching the surface".

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There will be a fair amount of questions about the timing of the deal, and they're warranted. This extension could be viewed as a vote of confidence toward his long-term health. He's the guy. Everybody knows he will bring us to another level. Last season, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season prematurely. While Embiid needed two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot, there were no indications of any complications previous year. In just over five seasons in Portland, Oden averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Even as he signed a massive contract extension, Embiid isn't completely back on the court.

Embiid's career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college days at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Zach Lowe of ESPN, among others, are being told the deal is incredible complex.

ESPN was first to report the contract, which is the maximum rookie scale extension. If not, the team should be able to recoup a good portion of that money.

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