Philadelphia 76ers not discussing contract extension with Joel Embiid
The Philadelphia 76ers are ready to finish up their ‘process.’ After a rough few years of constant losing, mocking and questioning of the franchise, the Sixers now assembled a core that will, hopefully, be ready to compete in the near future. That core is made up of No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, forwards Dario Saric and Ben Simmons, and center Joel Embiid.
Embiid is probably the biggest talent from the whole group, but his professional career has been destroyed by injuries. He has only played 31 games in his three-year career, but did however show immense quality and potential in those 31 games.
As of July 1, the Sixers could start negotiating an extension with Embiid. However, there is no public confirmation that the talks have begun. As Tom Moore from the Bucks County Courier Times reports, the team might let Embiid hit restricted free agency in July of next year, thus giving him one more year to show that all the injuries are a thing of the past.
Embiid is eligible for a four-year, $100 million or five-year, $130 million extension. Even though Embiid had a lot of injury issues, he is an amazing talent who is probably the franchise player out of the four mentioned above. Philadelphia did take a risk selecting him third after he had that tough foot injury at Kansas, but all his play by now showed that Embiid is more than ready to be a star on the highest level.