Joel Embiid agrees to max extension with 76ers

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It appears the Philadelphia 76ers will continue to embrace "The Process" for several years to come.

The Sixers reacted strongly to his new deal - a five-year, $148 million extension, per a league source (see story) - before their game against the Celtics.

A fan favorite in Philly in part because of the "Trust the Process" mantra he created on Twitter, 7-footer Embiid has earned just under $14 million thus far as a pro. Furthermore, the 23-year-old Embiid has the potential to earn up to an additional $30 million over the life of the deal if he meets certain criteria, such as being named to an All-NBA First, Second or Third team, or being named MVP for a particular season.

Embiid was the No. 3 pick in 2014 and missed his first two seasons due to foot surgeries. Despite averaging just 25.4 minutes per night, Embiid scored 20.2 points and grabbed 7.8 rebounds and shot almost 37 percent from 3-point range.

He last played on January 27, subsequently undergoing surgery to fix a torn left meniscus.

Until Embiid is back on the court and playing at his near-All-Star level the Oden whispers will always linger. He missed Monday's game at Boston, but as of Monday night had not yet been ruled out of Friday's exhibition against the Miami Heat at the Sprint Center.

The Sixers are placing a bet on Embiid's health in the future, but based on Embiid's limited sample size, it's a bet the team needed to make. At the end of the day, I have no leverage. Hopefully something gets worked out. Rather than shying away from a big risk, management is rewarding a player who has sacrificed a lot just to get on the court at all, whose influence is felt every time he steps on the floor. After this year I'll be a free agent.

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

He made it clear at media day he wanted to be a Sixer a long time.

"I'm so thrilled to be in this position", Embiid said in a release. In Embiid, they have in their possession that rarest of players.

T.J. McConnell "I don't think anyone is more deserving after what they've been through". It's what you'd expect them to say, but Embiid is genuinely loved in that locker room. This would be $14.8 million per year, less than the $16 million that Brooklyn will annually pay fellow big man Timofey Mozgov.

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