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Detailing How Sixers Are Protected in Joel Embiid's 35-plus-page Contract

Detailing How Sixers Are Protected in Joel Embiid's 35-plus-page Contract

Embiid has to miss 25 or more regular-season games because of injuries to those areas, and play fewer than 1,650 minutes, for Philadelphia to have the option of releasing him for cost savings.

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.

Joel Embiid has everything an National Basketball Association franchise could hope for in a cornerstone.

If Embiid meets that narrow criteria and the Sixers chose to waive him after the 2018-19 season, he would receive $84.2 million of his full contract; $98.2 million after the 2019-20 season; $113.3 million after the 20201-21 season and $129.4 million after the 2021-22 season.

In the 31 games Embiid was able to play last season, he seemed unparalleled.

As we await more details about the specific language in Embiid's contract, one thing is for sure. The driver trailed Embiid and shouted, "Trust the process!", to which Embiid raised his fist in agreement. The sample size of play from Embiid may be small, but he was so great when he was on the floor that the Sixers had to make a choice. Luckily, Wednesday's game isn't too far away, scheduled to be played at The New Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

"Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey", team president Bryan Colangelo said.

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"I like that kid a lot", DeMarcus Cousins said following a game last season where he and Embiid squared off. But if he can't stay healthy, the Sixers may come to regret this decision.

However, the 76ers apparently took drastic steps toward protecting themselves from a serious Embiid injury, from a financial standpoint.

In a weak Eastern Conference, Philadelphia has a chance to make the postseason for the first time since this rebuild began four years ago. Hypothetically, Embiid could miss the 1,650-minute benchmark in one of the next four seasons, and still have the final two years of his five-year extension guaranteed. J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson were signed as free agents over the summer, moves signaling that The Process has reached a new phase. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks reported details of Embiid's complex extension on Tuesday evening, and while it isn't iron clad, it could limit Philadelphia's financial liability should Embiid suffer recurrences of the season-ending lower body and back injuries that have hampered his National Basketball Association career.

The extension confirmed Tuesday starts with the 2018-19 season.

In this salary cap era with limitations on years and max salaries, this is the riskiest contract we've seen.

But he is a superstar in the making and they had no choice but to roll the dice on this one.


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