Sixers news: Philadelphia could offer Joel Embiid a $100 million contract extension
Joel Embiid is staring at a possible huge extension offer from the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler, Philadelphia is reportedly leaning towards offering the center a nine-figure deal that would prolong Embiid’s life as a 76er beyond this season.
League sources said recently they there was a growing sense that the 76ers would indeed extend Embiid, and that a deal structured something like Antetokounmpo’s four-year $100 million pact would make sense given the injury history. The problem with getting a deal done at less than max is that many in Embiid’s world believe he could get a max offer in restricted free agency next year, especially if he plays at the level he did for 31 games last season.
It’s amazing to think that a discussion for a contract extension for Embiid, who averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game, is already rolling despite the Cameroonian playing in just 31 games last season after sitting out his first two years after being drafted third overall by the Sixers in 2014.
As noted by Kyler, Joel Embiid is set to become a restricted free agent next year, and though he’s seen limited action so far in his NBA career, there are plenty of teams who’ll line up at Embiid’s doorstep once his current contract expires.
Of course, the obvious wrinkle in Joel Embiid’s situation is his oft-injured frame. He has been chronically dealing with knee and foot injuries that have hampered him in delivering on the promise of his potential for an entire season.