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Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree to Five-Year, $148M Deal

Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree to Five-Year, $148M Deal

Embiid, dealing with a plethroa of injuries, has played a grand total of 31 games through his first three seasons in the league.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a five-year, $148 million extension.

Embiid has yet to make his debut this preseason, but recently returned to full-contact participation in practices.

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, who is expected to be ready for opening night after undergoing surgery last spring to fix a torn meniscus, spoke after practice on Tuesday about signing his lucrative contract.

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.

If Embiid were to miss more than 25 games or play less than 1,650 minutes over the course of a season with an injury related to his back or his foot, the Sixers would have the opportunity to waive Embiid and they would owe him less money.

The Cameroonian global averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game through 31 games in his rookie season.

As a man who is synonymous with the 76ers' rebuilding blueprint, adopting the nickname "The Process" and becoming arguably the most popular professional athlete in Philadelphia, naturally the team would want to lock up Embiid with a long-term contract.

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

But for Philly, they believe it's a risk worth taking as the seven-footer has the ability to become the best big man in the game if he stays fit and healthy. Embiid would've been a restricted free agent after this coming season, allowing him to explore the market and envision a future on other teams. That said: the note that Embiid can only trigger the "super-max" extension that would pay him 30 percent of the salary cap by being named to the All-NBA First Team or winning Most Valuable Player honors this year, in 2017-18, also makes it much more likely that the full freight is $146.5 million over five years, rather than the "super-max" $176 million. "Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey".

"He deserves it. I'm really happy for him", said Jahlil Okafor.

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