Joel Embiid: Philadelphia 76ers agree five-year super-max deal with superstar


Joel Embiid: Philadelphia 76ers agree five-year super-max deal with superstar

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid signed a huge contract extension despite the fact that he has an extensive injury history and has played in just 31 National Basketball Association games.

If Embiid is able to perform he could earn up to $30 million more due to terms in the contract. Despite being a almost all-star level force when he did play last season - averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting over 36 percent from three-point range - the roughly 700 minutes he logged over those 31 games weren't enough to earn him the votes necessary to win the league's rookie of the year award.

The Cameroonian's reaction to the new deal was shared by the Memphis Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons who posted a screenshot of a FaceTime conversation with Embiid to Instagram.

The Sixers are believed to have included several protections in the deal if Embiid continues to struggle with injuries over the next five years.

Brown did not address the Embiid contract with reporters in Monday in Boston, where the Sixers played their third preseason game.

The promising 23-year-old agreed to a five-year, $148 million deal with the 76ers, who publicly announced the agreement on Tuesday.

Embiid is a generational talent, a once-in-a-lifetime big man who is poised to carry the 76ers through the next decade if he can just stay on the court. But the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal. Opponents shot just 42.4 percent from the field with Embiid on the floor, and 46.9 percent when he wasn't playing.

The Philadelphia 76ers are giving Joel Embiid some big money. Fultz and Simmons are rookies and are two-thirds of the big three that the Sixers will display so everything should run through Embiid like a year ago.

As good as the Sixers expect Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to be, Joel Embiid is the keystone of the franchise. To go through two injuries back-to-back years and then come out and do what he did last year, he deserves every single dollar of that.

That's the same point differential that the Cavaliers posted, and a better one than the Celtics. The team had a net rating of +4.1 in the games he played past year, but were -8.1 without him. It may seem like too much money to give a player with a long injury history along with a minimal amount of proven success, but the Sixers couldn't let Embiid become a free agent.



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