Joel Embiid, Sixers agree to 5-year, $148 million extension


Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, missed the first two seasons of his NBA career because of a pair of surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot. He will be deeply compensated with additional pay if he makes the All-NBA first, second or third team or becomes the league's MVP or Defensive Player of the Year, according to the report.

Joel Embiid, who has played 31 total games in his four-year National Basketball Association career, will sign a five-year extension to his rookie contract, according to ESPN.

It might seem silly to think that a guy who can't stay healthy in his early 20s is going to age well enough to warrant the kind of salary-cap space that the Sixers will be devoting to Embiid.

Last year, appearing in 31 games for the Sixers, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks per game, even though he averaged just over 25 minutes per game. Having said that, Embiid's impact on the floor, when available, has been profound.

Embiid discussed his contract situation at Sixers media day a couple weeks ago. And yet Philadelphia's huge bet on Joel Embiid, for the position the Sixers are in as a franchise, was one they couldn't afford not to take. The track record of injury-prone big men is littered with torn ligaments and broken dreams, and Embiid has already had several serious setbacks. More to the point, the franchise is hopeful enough in his future that it was willing to promise him almost $150 million.

The Sixers and Embiid had until October 16 to agree to an extension; otherwise, Embiid would have become a restricted free agent following the season. Just look at Embiid's former Process partner, Nerlens Noel, who had to slink back to Dallas for the qualifying offer.

Embiid is the first big name member of the 2014 draft class to be re-signed, with the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart rumoured to be re-signed long-term in the coming days. "We have a lot of potential, but the key is to stay healthy".

As a brief reminder of how this works, we here at TSS averaged rankings from 14 different staff members in order to get a composite list of the Philadelphia 76ers' best players, from No. 1 through No. 16. Last season, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season prematurely.