The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.
A person familiar with the situation said Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 213-centimeter center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.
The extension starts with the 2018-19 season. He’ll make $6.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.
Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.
He had more pressing matters to tend to back home.
“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work ... he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.”
The 23-year-old Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.