Joel Embiid, has agreed with the 76ers on a five-year, $148 million contract extension, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. By most accounts, he was last season’s best NBA rookie,
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid has agreed to a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale max extension, league sources told ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 9, 2017
Considering Embiid is one of the more injury prone players in the league, it should come as no surprise that the 76ers built cap compensation into the deal in the case Embiid suffers another prolonged injury. For this to happen, though, the team would be forced to waive Embiid.
Of note under the deal, Embiid is eligible for up to $30 million in incentives if he is named to any of the All-NBA teams, wins the Defensive Player of The Year Award or wins the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Embiid joins Phoenix’s T.J Warren as one of the only players from the 2013 NBA Draft to receive a contract extension.
How Does This Affect the Rest of The NBA?
Teams in need of a center have one less option entering free agency next offseason, as Embiid no longer will be the restricted free agent teams once thought he would be.
One thing about getting Dedmon for one year
Boogie Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Joel Embiid (Im just sayin), Derrick Favors all FA in 2018
— Justin Hodges (@HodgepodgeHoops) July 12, 2017
How Does This Affect the Bucks?
Bucks fans likely shrugged off the Embiid contract news thinking that it has no effect on the team. In reality, however, Embiid’s extension directly affects one of the Bucks’ top priorities in signing Jabari Parker to an extension. This is so as Parker and Embiid are more similar than you might have thought. Although Parker has had more playing time, each star has been plagued with major, career-long injuries. Hence, the fact that the 76ers are putting all of their trust in Embiid. Despite these injuries the Bucks will act similarly and seek to tie down Parker with an extension as well.
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