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Joel Embiid, 76ers Reportedly Agree on 5-Year, $148 Million Contract Extension

Joel Embiid, 76ers Reportedly Agree on 5-Year, $148 Million Contract Extension

Recently leaked video of Embiid jogging through the streets of Philadelphia and playing tennis suggested that he is physically ready.

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.

Oft-injured 23-year-old center Joel Embiid - who has played just 31 games through the first three years of his National Basketball Association career after also missing the 2014 Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments because of a back injury suffered in a one-and-done college season at Kansas - on Monday agreed in principle to a 5-year, $148 million designated rookie scale maximum contract extension, ESPN reported.

The Sixers have seen what Joel Embiid can do when he's healthy enough to stay on the court, and he was as impactful as any player in the league last season. He played well in 31 games in 2016-17, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, before succumbing to knee surgery on March 24.

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. If Embiid's body continues to fall apart and they waive him, are they still on the hook for 75 percent of the contract?

The Sixers know what they have in Embiid on the floor - an athletic, inside-out, physical specimen capable of defending the rim and taking over the game on offense.

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The 76ers are hopeful Embiid can be one of the big cornerstones of the franchise for the future along with Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. More to the point, the franchise is hopeful enough in his future that it was willing to promise him almost $150 million. He's still hasn't played in a game after having what the Sixers called "minor" surgery more than six months ago to fix a meniscus tear in his left knee.

It's not like there was a long line of suitors for restricted free agent big men this past summer.

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. I hope he will stay healthy.

Embiid is a 23-year-old who emigrated from Cameroon as a teenager and worked his way through two serious injuries while mourning the loss of his younger brother. As soon as he hits that court, I can't name one person who's going to stop him.

The back injury he suffered during his only season at college has not been an issue since.

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