Noviembre 12, 2018

Joel Embiid reacts brilliantly to signing massive $148m extension with the Sixers

11 Octubre 2017, 03:35 | Fidele Alvizo

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For all his promise, Embiid was only recently cleared for 5-on-5 activity and hasn't taken the court for Philly's preseason games.

The 76ers franchise has told its fans to Trust The Process for several years now as it's gone through one losing season after another. "He's an even better person". The Sixers see the Cameroonian as their centrepiece, with the team willing to take a big chance by giving him this new contract.

The deal will include some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer injury that causes him to miss significant playing time, league sources said. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he wasn't a strong candidate to win Rookie of the Year.

According to ESPN, Embiid has the opportunity to earn an additional US$30 million - if he makes an All-NBA team or is named the MVP this upcoming season.

Even with partial guarantees, Philadelphia is paying out a hefty salary to a player who has battled back, foot and knee injuries dating back to his one year at Kansas.

The $25.3 million salary for Embiid in 2018-19 will rank third among National Basketball Association centers, trailing behind only? So how's that for perspective.

There's no question that when he's healthy and on the floor, Embiid is a game changer, the kind of player you can build a team around and ride to enormous heights. Shaquille O'Neal was also 27. To risk letting a potential all-world player like Embiid leave would be managerial malpractice. That said, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won his first title in his sophomore season...when he was 23. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins are believed to be close to a long-term agreement. It may seem like a great deal at the moment, but now it is up to Embiid to stay on the court and play at the caliber worthy of this contract.

Can you imagine how unguardable and how incredible Embiid can be if he can put an entire healthy season- or two, or three- together?

If Embiid's pattern of debilitating injuries continue, he still won't have to worry about his future bank account, and the Sixers will should still be protected enough financially to refocus around Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and other future assets.

In a piece by David Aldridge of TNT, it is mentioned that "there's an extension for Robert Covington that's all but completed".

Add in young guys like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Furkan Korkmaz with veterans like Jerryd Bayless, TJ McConnell and oh-by-the-way Jahlil Okafor and the Sixers core looks pretty darn good.

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