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The 76ers are taking a massive $148 million gamble on Joel Embiid

The 76ers are taking a massive $148 million gamble on Joel Embiid

First reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Embiid will make $148 million over the course of the next five years, with the possibility of it becoming a super max deal of $178 million.

As a way to protect the front office from spending surplus money on a player who may be sidelined for a prolonged period due to his prior health issues, the teams could have included several clauses in the contract.

Playing just 31 games in his National Basketball Association career, this deal is a huge risk for Philadelphia.

And there are plenty more of comments just like that from other teammates.

If there's one thing we've come to understand about The Process, it's that all takes are valid and none is without caveats. Aside from injuries, Parker has showed talent and potential to be worth similar to what Wiggins and Embiid will receiver. Even in this age of disappearing centers, Embiid can be for Philly what Tim Duncan was for San Antonio.

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He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season. When he didn't, they were a low lottery team.

"I don't know what to say about that", Sixers point guard Ben Simmons of Embiid's contract. When he was on the floor, Philly was a legitimate playoff contender. That goes away if Embiid can't stay healthy.

Embiid scored 20 or more points in 19 of his 31 games last season, including a streak of 10 straight that was the longest by a rookie since Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers recorded 14 consecutive in 2011. Do it now and protect yourself as much as possible.

Next up on the extension list are the first two picks of the 2014 draft. And Embiid, for all of his precocious talent and wonderful gifts, has been more injured than most.

Embiid played in only 31 games last season before the team announced on March 1 that he would need season-ending knee surgery. The 76ers are going all in on The Process, so hopefully, he'll be able to reward them with a healthy season. They would have controlled his rights in restricted free agency next summer, and provided he had the season they hope he will, they would have been happy to hand him or match the same deal next offseason. Handing a 5-year, $74 million dollar contract to a guy who couldn't stay on the court wouldn't be great, but there are worse contracts handed down every offseason; it would be less per year than the Lakers paid Timofey Mozgov just last summer.


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