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

Thursday, 12 Oct, 2017

The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.

Embiid's contract is guaranteed for 50 percent of the $148 million, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania, with a super max trigger, likely if he reaches a certain number of games played each season.

The 76ers are apparently confident about Joel Embiid's recovery from a knee injury, as the club reportedly has agreed to a five-year, $148 million extension with the big man.

The extension confirmed Tuesday starts with the 2018-19 season.

For the rest of us schlubs, well, we'll just have to keep waiting until the regular season for a legal way to watch Embiid play basketball. 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.

Trusting the process just got a whole lot more expensive.

He missed his first two seasons with right foot woes and suffered a knee injury last season that ended his campaign after 31 games. But one thing should give any team pause: through his first three National Basketball Association seasons, Embiid has played only 31 games - all previous year. "You know, he will study [Tim] Duncan, or study [Kevin Durant], or another player, and all of a sudden it's a part of his game".

"He's a difference maker", coach Brett Brown said Monday. "I think he's got a great chance at being the best big in the league ... after I retire".

Embiid, who just this week took part in 5-on-5 practices, has not appeared in a real game since January 17.

Or anxious enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.

"I would term it shared risk", Sixers president Bryan Colangelo said, declining to disclose salary cap protections to

Rondo's injury occurred during New Orleans' preseason game at Oklahoma City on Friday night.

But his popularity hasn't matched his production.

In his third season (still somewhat a rookie), he took the league by storm, posting ridiculous stat lines while on restricted minutes, easily becoming a fan favourite and the face of the franchise.

While Embiid's talent is as undeniable as his injury history, getting his signature for a max contract extension couldn't come without some level of precaution for the Sixers' front office. He also grabbed almost eight rebounds in 25.4 minutes per contest, averaged 2.5 blocks, and shot 36.7 percent from three, stretching defenses with his range, driving to the hole at will, and getting to the line, averaging almost eight free throw attempts per game last season.

The top two players in that draft, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, have played more games than Embiid. The 76ers would be unable to waive him if he suffered a different type of injury.