Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid Inks Five-Year $148 Million Supermax Extension

Joel Embiid is a big piece of the 76ers future which is why it's imperative that he stays healthy

Joel Embiid is a big piece of the 76ers future which is why it's imperative that he stays healthy

Embiid, who the Sixers selected third overall in 2014, missed the first two seasons of his career with foot injuries.

And according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Embiid will be able to earn a higher percentage of the salary cap if he meets certain criteria such as making All-NBA teams or being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has played in just 31 games over three National Basketball Association seasons but he has landed a big-money contract that typically goes to a star player.

Either way, the Sixers are taking a gamble here, as having even half of $148 million tied up in a guy who may very well never play more than 50 games in a season is a tough way to build a championship team. 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. It also didn't take a genius to see how unstoppable Embiid was when he actually took the floor. He'll make $6.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal. A potential lineup consisting of Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, and perhaps Dario Saric is something to keep an eye on in the weak Eastern Conference this upcoming season. While Embiid's injury history is certainly extensive, all of his issues have been unrelated.

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The Sixers are placing a bet on Embiid's health in the future, but based on Embiid's limited sample size, it's a bet the team needed to make. But according to the ESPN report, the contract includes some protection for the Sixers should Embiid continue to be too injured to play. Even if Embiid staggers through another injury-plagued season, the Sixers would still try to lock him up this summer. I hope he will stay healthy.

Joel Embiid just got paid. It's my fourth season, then I can become a free agent.

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This was the logic that Bryan Colangelo's predecessor used when he made a decision to select Embiid at No. 3 overall in 2014. Last season, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season prematurely. Maybe the Sixers have no real shot at LeBron James, but internally, they want their foundation set and their books in order when the time comes to go after players like him.

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