76ers Give Joel Embiid $148 Million Despite Just 31 Games Played

Philadelphia could have waited out the 2017-18 season to see how Embiid's body held up before negotiating an extension, but clearly had no interest in allowing that situation to loom over the team for the next nine months.

First reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Embiid has been somewhat under the radar as he only played in 31 games last season due to injury. The deal also comes with incentives if he makes an All NBA first, second, and third team or if he becomes the NBA's Most Valuable Player this year.

Joel Embiid (knee) has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $148 million extension with the 76ers.

There's a pretty good chance Embiid only plays half of the Sixers' games this season, the last before this monstrous extension kicks in.

Embiid, a native of Cameroon, averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 31 games as a rookie before being sidelined in late January with a meniscus injury.

There were doubts over whether the Sixers would take a massive financial gamble on a player who has only played 31 games in the National Basketball Association.

Some of you will gasp at the potential earnings, but there are few better ways for the Sixers to invest that money than to gamble on Embiid's talent. "They've got the best fans".

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"I hope he does [get $178 million], because that would means that he's killing".

Only playing about 30 games in the last couple of years, Embiid hasn't had a whole lot of time to prove he's worth this contract.

The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.

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". Embiid is the foundation upon which the Sixers will build their cathedral. He would have been a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season had he not reached agreement with Philly by the October 16 deadline.

"He does things on a court that remind me of, you know, somebody that's able to hear music and just play the song", Brown said. Just look at Embiid's former Process partner, Nerlens Noel, who had to slink back to Dallas for the qualifying offer.

Embiid, whose only college season at Kansas ended prematurely with back soreness, is the key to that plan.

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