How Embiid's new deal could work, plus Philly's other options

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Joel Embiid has agreed to a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale max extension.

According to Wojnarowski, if Embiid hits the max criteria over the course of the deal, it could be worth as much as $178 million.

The Cameroonian was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas, forced to sit out his first two seasons after injury complications. He made his debut last season and averaged 20.2 points.

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 had until October 16 to extend Embiid, and got it done a week prior to that. Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia later confirmed Wojnarowski's report. Embiid possesses the skill set of a generational talent. Despite not earning the top prize, he was named NBA All-Rookie first team a year ago.


There will be a fair amount of questions about the timing of the deal, and they're warranted.

Embiid has grown into one of the most popular players during his short time in the league, ranging from his social media adventures to his often-hysterical quotes and dances during interviews. While Embiid needed two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot, there were no indications of any complications previous year.

What were the Sixers' options during extension negotiations, and how might Embiid's incentive-based and injury clauses work in his new contract?

It's unlikely we'll ever see Embiid play 82 games in a season, or anything close to that. He is in the middle of recovering from a meniscus tear that required surgery in February, and was recently cleared to participate in full court five-on-five practice.

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