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Is Embiid worth the risk for the Sixers?

11 October 2017, 12:21 | Ken Black

Joel Embiid agrees to $148 million extension with 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Philadelphia. Embiid's numbers are the best in the rookie class. Yet his rookie of the year chances see

Brett Brown, coach of the Sixers, said Embiid is a "difference-maker".

The Sixers and Joel Embiid have agreed to a five-year, $148 million extension, a league source has told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato.

Despite playing in just 31 games last season, Embiid's transcendent skills were obvious.

Addressing the injuries, Wojnarowski did report Monday that the new Embiid contract will include "some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer injury that causes him to miss significant playing time".

The combination of Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric could have the 76ers competing for playoff spots throughout the center's extension, but he needs to prove he can stay healthy first.

The Cameroonian worldwide averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game through 31 games in his rookie season. The impact he singlehandedly had on the Sixers previous year was astounding, and proves his worth.

The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid. "But when you look at his body of work and realize that he has played only 31 games and has only played basketball for six years and that he is 23, he is just scratching the surface". The question is how often they'll get to have Embiid on the floor. But the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.

It took three years, and it lasted less than half of a season, but in 2016-17, Embiid showed us why he was worth the risk on draft day.

He missed the previous two seasons because of two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot. "This is a unique talent, he's a franchise player".

In September, the team plucked away Dr. C. Medina Leal from FC Barcelona to oversee their medical staff, and general manager Bryan Colangelo has stated that he would be very involved in Embiid's recovery from meniscus surgery. Philadelphia will have a lot riding on the talented, oft-injured center.

Wednesday's game will be the last preseason outing for the Sixers prior to the start of the regular season. The big man is now working back from a torn meniscus but has been participating in 5-on-5 work of late, and the hope is that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. If Embiid can manage to play somewhere in the ballpark of 55-60 games a year during the length of the contract, it should undoubtedly be deemed a success. We can expect, based on a tweet from ESPN's Zach Lowe, the deal to be complicated. But ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first broke the contract extension, said that Embiid is going to get all of the $148 million unless he gets waived, which seems next to impossible right now.

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