Sixers, Joel Embiid agree to max contract extension

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

The NBA would love for Embiid to stay healthy and to turn one of the league's oldest teams in one of its biggest markets into an Eastern Conference powerhouse. With incentives, the deal could be worth as much as $178 million. Even Greg Oden (Greg Oden!) played 82 games and more than 1,800 minutes in his first two seasons. Embiid has been the focus for the Sam Hinkie disciples shouting "Trust the Process" since he was drafted third overall in 2014. Just look at Embiid's former Process partner, Nerlens Noel, who had to slink back to Dallas for the qualifying offer.

Dario Saric "For sure he deserves that money".

Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a January 27 game against Houston and hasn't played or practiced since his he was hurt.

The first three years of Embiid's career unavoidably conjures up visions of Oden's tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Marks predicted that if Embiid were to fail to appear on the 76ers' active roster for "fewer than 51 games" during the 2018-19 season, Philadelphia could "reduce the remaining compensation owed" to 50 percent in each year of the deal. Obviously, there are going to be people who question it just because he hasn't played that many games. It also didn't take a genius to see how unstoppable Embiid was when he actually took the floor. This extension could be viewed as a vote of confidence toward his long-term health. Last season, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season prematurely.

He missed the previous two seasons because of two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot.

"We all believe he can be one of the best players in the world".

Embiid trained in Philadelphia on Monday and will rejoin the team tonight. In just over five seasons in Portland, Oden averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. The coaching and medical staff will work harmoniously to make sure that he gets the proper rest needed throughout the course of the regular season to have him ready for potential future playoff runs. It may seem like a great deal at the moment, but now it is up to Embiid to stay on the court and play at the caliber worthy of this contract.

Only playing about 30 games in the last couple of years, Embiid hasn't had a whole lot of time to prove he's worth this contract. We can expect, based on a tweet from ESPN's Zach Lowe, the deal to be complicated.

Embiid last week was cleared for five-on-five full-court scrimmaging.

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