Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree to Five-Year, $148M Deal

Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree to Five-Year, $148M Deal

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a five-year, $148 million max rookie contract extension for fourth-year center Joel Embiid, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The contract is the maximum Embiid can earn on the rookie scale, Wojnarowski reported, and he can earn more if he reaches different criteria such as making an All-NBA team or earning Most Valuable Player honors.

The #Philadelphia 76ers have signed center #Joel Embiid to a five-year, $148-million deal despite playing in just 31 games after he was taken third overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Those 31 games almost earned Embiid the NBA Rookie of the Year Award last season, as he poured in 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in just over 25 minutes. The contract includes a cap protection for Philly if Embiid misses significant time due to injury.

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Marks predicted that if Embiid were to fail to appear on the 76ers' active roster for "fewer than 51 games" during the 2018-19 season, Philadelphia could "reduce the remaining compensation owed" to 50 percent in each year of the deal. The question is how often they'll get to have Embiid on the floor. His last game was January 27.

It was Embiid's first full practice since having surgery March 24 for a meniscus tear in his left knee.

It's unlikely we'll ever see Embiid play 82 games in a season, or anything close to that.

What were the Sixers' options during extension negotiations, and how might Embiid's incentive-based and injury clauses work in his new contract? ESPN's Zach Lowe estimated that in order for the 76ers to be a playoff team, they'll need at least 50 games out of Embiid, a modest projection that is still almost double what he played a year ago. If Embiid is able to play for the majority of the next six years, that extension will look like a bargain.

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