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. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to fix a torn meniscus in his knee.
Embiid is one of the most-talented young players in the league, but this is a pretty huge bet on a guy who's yet to prove he can stay healthy for even half of a season. The 7-footer averaged 20 points and 7.8 rebounds despite being limited to just 25.4 minutes per game. Yes, Embiid was probably going to miss his rookie season while recovering from a foot injury.
Embiid is a generational talent, a once-in-a-lifetime big man who is poised to carry the 76ers through the next decade if he can just stay on the court. If Embiid's body continues to fall apart and they waive him, are they still on the hook for 75 percent of the contract?
Embiid's new deal will keep him with the Sixers until the end of the 2021-22 season.
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We don't know yet the actual figures of what Embiid and the front office decided. More to the point, the franchise is hopeful enough in his future that it was willing to promise him almost $150 million.
Embiid's Sixers teammates have his back - they love the deal, as they told Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia. He would have been a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season had he not reached agreement with Philly by the October 16 deadline. I can not wait to see him on the court, to play, to show who we really are.
Woj says the Sixers will have some salary cap protection if Embiid misses significant playing time due to injury.
Yet the 23-year-old was not without flaws offensively. Just look at Embiid's former Process partner, Nerlens Noel, who had to slink back to Dallas for the qualifying offer.
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. Even with his injury history, it's nearly certain somebody would try to make the Sixers stay on the hook for the whole bit.