On Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 the Philadelphia 76ers have announced that they reached terms to agree on a veteran super – max 4 – year contract extension worth up to $196 million with their superstar center / power forward and 4 – time NBA All – Star, Joel Embiid. This was a very wise decision by the Philadelphia 76ers as they should build their team of the future around Embiid, but they should also make other moves to give him the pieces to contend for an NBA title in the near future. The Philadelphia Sixers should trade Ben Simmons so that they can get some decent trade value and quality successful and consistent players for Ben in the open market of the National Basketball Association.
The Details of Embiid’s New Contract Extension
This new super – max 4 – year contract extension between Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers is for a total of approximately $195,921,600, and although the contract details have not been publicly disclosed, I have got my hands on some valuable news regarding this deal. This contract is fully guaranteed, and it contains a player option for the last year of the agreement (20216 – 2027 NBA season).
Unlike Joel’s last contract that included provisions that protected the Philadelphia 76ers if Embiid underwent injuries to either his lower back or feet, this new arrangement does not include such provisions. Joel’s previous contract he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017 which was a 5 – year contract valued at $147.7 million, but it emphatically stated that if he missed 25 + games or that he plays fewer than 1,650 minutes of game time due to an injury with his back or feet the Philadelphia 76ers have the right to waive him and reduce the guaranteed money involved in his contract.
There is no signing bonus or any incentives contributed to this new contract extension between Joel and the Philadelphia 76ers that is known to the public as of now, but Embiid will average an annual salary of $48,980,400 over the life of the contract extension spanning from the 2023 – 2024 NBA season until the 2026 – 2027 NBA season assuming that Joel elects to exercise his fourth – year player option. Embiid is now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent once again in the year 2027.
The 7 – foot 0 -inch and 280 – pound center / power forward of the Philadelphia 76ers was born on March 16th, 1994 in Yaounde, Cameroon. Embiid played his high school basketball at Montverde Academy located in Montverde, Florida. Joel decided to enroll at the University of Kansas to play his NCAA college basketball career with the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Philadelphia 76ers decided to take Joel Embiid with the 3rd overall choice in the first – round of the 2014 NBA Draft after only one year of NCAA college basketball. Andrew Wiggins also out of the University of Kansas, went with the number 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first – round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Jabari Parker went number 2 overall in the first – round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks, and Aaron Gordon went number 4 overall to the Orlando Magic in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Embiid has played with the Philadelphia 76ers for his entire 7 – year career in the National Basketball Association. Throughout that time in which he sat out the majority of his first two NBA season due to injuries he has averaged 24.8 points per game, 11.3 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game. Last year during the 2020 – 2021 NBA season Joel averaged 28.5 points per game, 10.6 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. Hopefully for Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers this upcoming 2021 – 2022 season of the National Basketball Association he continues to improve, and he can help lead the Sixers to their first NBA championship since 1983 when Philadelphia featured such players as Moses Malone, Julius ‘Dr. J.’ Irving, and Maurice Cheeks.
Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
Embiid’s basketball career has had many highlights, and some of his biggest career accomplishments, honor, and awards include being named to the NBA All – Star Team 4 times in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, 3 - time All - NBA Second Team in 2018, 2019, and 2021, 3 - time NBA All - Defensive Second Team in 2018, 2019, and 2021, NBA All - Rookie First Team in 2017, Second - Team All - Big 12 in 2014, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, Big 12 All - Defensive Team in 2014, and being selected to the Big 12 All - Newcomer Team back 2014.
“There’s no place like PHILADELPHIA!!!” Joel Embiid emphatically stated on social media following the announcement of his latest contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. “Excited to continue working towards bringing a title home and eventually retire here #PHILLY.”
“Joel is the definition of elite — a role model in our community and a true MVP-caliber superstar on the court,” the Philadelphia 76ers’managing partner, Josh Harris, explained in a statement to the sports media world. “Since he was drafted in 2014, his rare blend of skills, charisma and leadership has transformed this franchise. We couldn’t be more grateful and excited to continue watching him in a 76ers uniform.”
“Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers sign 4-year, $196 million supermax extension through 2026-27”, Ramona Shelburne, espn.com, August 17, 2021.
“Joel Embiid signs super-max extension, keeping franchise center with the Sixers for foreseeable future: The four-year, $196 million deal would lock up Embiid through the 2026-27 season and is fully guaranteed.”, Cole Damichael, inquirer.com, August 17, 2021.
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