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Joel Embiid Scores Major Deal with 76ers

October 12, 2017 - 12:49 am
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Author: Brandon Golden

 

Joel Embiid accepted a 5 year contract extension worth $146.5 million from the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday (Oct. 10); however, there is a few strings attached to this new deal that will potentially put a lot of money in Embiid’s pocket.

Embiid new deal is a super max contract that could yield Embiid an extra $30 million if he makes the All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection or earn NBA Most Valuable Player award. While Embiid’s new contract has performance-based positives there is also a get-out-jail-free card for the Philadelphia 76ers in the event that the 23 yr. old powerhouse is sidelined by season ending injuries.Embiid’s new contract states that if he misses 25 or more games in the regular season — due to specific injuries that have been mentioned in his contract — or does not play an agreed upon minimum of 1,650 minutes; he could potentially be waived by the 76ers.

Embiid missed his first two NBA seasons due to foot surgery and only played in 31 games during the 2016-17 season due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. The 76ers has constructed such a complex but beneficial deal with Embiid because of the impression he made on the team with his on court performance.

"Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey. Ownership's willingness to extend this contract reflects our collective belief in Joel Embiid and a reinforced commitment to building a championship-level basketball program” said Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations, Brian Colangelo.

Embiid average 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31 games of the 2016-17 regular season. Embiid is now participating in full contact practices with the Philadelphia 76ers and optimistic about his future in Philadelphia. 

“I’m so thrilled to be in this position. I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process. I love this city and I'm so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing. Trust 'The Process’” said Embiid.

 

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