Joel Embiid Agrees to Contract Extension with Philadelphia 76ers
Oct 11 2017
Joel Embiid, who has played 31 total games in his four-year National Basketball Association career, will sign a five-year extension to his rookie contract, according to ESPN. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.
Addressing the injuries, Wojnarowski did report Monday that the new Embiid contract will include "some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer injury that causes him to miss significant playing time". But even then, Embiid would still get roughly half this contract. If Embiid is able to play for the majority of the next six years, that extension will look like a bargain. Embiid is the foundation upon which the Sixers will build their cathedral. The question is how often they'll get to have Embiid on the floor.
The contract Embiid signed also has a provision that would allow it to be increased to a "super max" contract if he's named Defensive Player of the Year, MVP, or is a member of one of the All-NBA teams this season.
Even in Embiid's limited action, it's easy to see why Philadelphia is enamored with his talent.
But the dominant two-way big man showed enough of his qualities to warrant the 76ers to offer him the £113m designated rookie scale max extension.
Due to a steady recovery from his season-ending knee injury last season, Embiid has watched from the sidelines for the initial three games of the Sixers' preseason.
"I don't know what to say about that", Sixers point guard Ben Simmons of Embiid's contract.
Heading into this campaign, the 23-year-old's health is still a concern as he's yet to play in a pre-season game and is doubtful to play in their opening night encounter against the Washington Wizards next week.
Embiid, a native of Cameroon, appreciates that the 76ers were always supportive as he dealt with the injury troubles before finally making it on the court last season.
The 76ers franchise has told its fans to Trust The Process for several years now as it's gone through one losing season after another. Such a talented player with such a youthful love, exuberance and enthusiasm for the game, betrayed by his body that is both a blessing and a curse; giving him the ability to be such a transcendent player but at the same time, limiting his time on the court where he can display his prodigious skill-set.
"I think that was the best birthday gift ever", said an overjoyed Embiid.