Philadelphia could have waited out the 2017-18 season to see how Embiid's body held up before negotiating an extension, but clearly had no interest in allowing that situation to loom over the team for the next nine months.
The deal is risky due to Embiid's continual health issues since being selected as the third overall pick of the 2014 National Basketball Association draft.
The five-year, $148 million max contract extension Embiid and the Sixers agreed to Monday could send the team's future in so many directions.
Embiid is one of the most-talented young players in the league, but this is a pretty huge bet on a guy who's yet to prove he can stay healthy for even half of a season.
Averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks last season, Embiid's numbers were impressive, even before extrapolating those statistics to a per 36 minute basis.
Embiid missed two full years to start his career because of a broken bone in his foot and ensuing surgeries. Opponents shot just 42.4 percent from the field with Embiid on the floor, and 46.9 percent when he wasn't playing. If he hits one of those triggers, Embiid stands to make up to $178 million, according to Wojnarowski. Just look at Embiid's former Process partner, Nerlens Noel, who had to slink back to Dallas for the qualifying offer.
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Given Embiid's more than troubling injury history, it makes sense that the Sixers put an escape hatch in this contract, but it remains to be seen just how readily available it is. Alongside Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, Embiid is now the face of a franchise that has shown unbelievable patience.
We don't know yet the actual figures of what Embiid and the front office decided. He would have been a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season had he not reached agreement with Philly by the October 16 deadline.
"I love the city of Philadelphia", Embiid said.
Sources will only say at this point that the Sixers have "some" safeguards in place to protect them from the possibility of Embiid missing significant time with injuries.
Embiid is the first big name member of the 2014 draft class to be re-signed, with the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart rumoured to be re-signed long-term in the coming days. To go through two injuries back-to-back years and then come out and do what he did last year, he deserves every single dollar of that.
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