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Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree To 5-Year, $148 Million Deal

Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree To 5-Year, $148 Million Deal

The Sixers could have waited to see how this season went, then made a decision based on how Embiid's body held up. But if he stays healthy, he has not only locked down one of the most promising young talents in the league, he has likely bought himself just a little bit extra loyalty and patience from his young big man. He'll make $6.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.

Despite playing in just 31 games last season, Embiid's transcendent skills were obvious. The face of the remade 76ers has the entire league curious to see him line up next to the top overall picks in the past two National Basketball Association drafts, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

While many analysts have questioned Philadelphia's decision to invest in an injury-prone player, some believe the Sixers had no other option since Embiid is viewed as a once-in-a-generation talent.

Joel Embiid just got paid. The 7-footer scored 20 points 19 times and became the first player in the shot clock era to average at least 20 points per game while playing less than 26 minutes per game, according to the Sixers.

Heading into this campaign, the 23-year-old's health is still a concern as he's yet to play in a pre-season game and is doubtful to play in their opening night encounter against the Washington Wizards next week.

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As good as the Sixers expect Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to be, Joel Embiid is the keystone of the franchise. He's the guy. Everybody knows he will bring us to another level.

Embiid, a native of Cameroon, appreciates that the 76ers were always supportive as he dealt with the injury troubles before finally making it on the court last season. While Embiid needed two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot, there were no indications of any complications a year ago.

He is their best player and the future of the franchise. In order to cut down on his turnovers, Embiid must improve his ability to recognize when the double team is coming and the ability to pass out of it, preventing live-ball giveaways. Philadelphia will have a lot riding on the talented, oft-injured center. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds per game and 2.5 blocks per game.

Those injury concerns have carried over into this season, as recovery from the meniscus surgery that ended Embiid's season in March has kept him from participating in any of Philadelphia's first three preseason games, though he is participating in five-on-five portions of practice.

Embiid last week was cleared for five-on-five full-court scrimmaging.


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