Joel Embiid signs five-year max extension with Philadelphia 76ers

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

He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers - 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. He was arguably the best prospect, if not the best player, in the 2014 NBA Draft that contained the likes of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.

That means Embiid would need to suffer a severe foot or back injury, places where injuries during his National Basketball Association run have induced surgeries, to put the franchise on a path toward cutting Embiid and saving money. Factoring in gas (we'll say $20 total), parking passes (being sold for an outrageous $45 on StubHub), and minimal concessions at the game (let's say $20 a head for a beer and food), it'll cost you and a buddy in the neighborhood of $139 to make the pilgrimage to see Embiid's debut. That's not entirely the reason the Sixers needed to pay Embiid. The sample size of play from Embiid may be small, but he was so great when he was on the floor that the Sixers had to make a choice.

What's more, if Embiid played a minimum of 1,650 regular-season minutes in three consecutive years during the extension, or three out of four including the 2017-18 season, those benchmarks would eliminate the possibility of a reduction in the contract, league sources said. Here, they'd offer him a competitive contract, and could also match any offers present, and still keep him after a hopefully healthy season of witnessing his abilities. The driver trailed Embiid and shouted, "Trust the process!", to which Embiid raised his fist in agreement.

Despite the short amount of games, the center was a dominant figure on the court as he averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on a minutes restriction.

That's at least more than Sixers fans will be offered for the last two preseason games.

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Philadelphia is taking a risk by giving Embiid a giant contract, but the payoff is well worth the risks. "I don't give a lot of people props, but I like that kid a lot".

"He has a chance to be great", Brown said. Wojnarowski and Marks aren't specific regarding how much money the Sixers could save should they cut Embiid because he failed to meet these thresholds. Brown even likened Embiid to a musician. "He does things on a court that remind me of, you know, somebody that's able to hear music and just play the song".

Sixers center Joel Embiid will play in his first National Basketball Association game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night just over 200 days after having surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his his right knee. But what is fully apparent, regardless of particular clauses, is that the Sixers were ready to invest in the future of Embiid, despite his past. Players throughout the league have echoed that same sentiment.

Yes, rolling the dice on a big man with an injury list that rivals his height is incredibly risky.

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