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The Philadelphia 76ers did not give Joel Embiid his 5-yr, $146.5-million max contract extension with out doing their due diligence.

Whereas his deal is assured, it protects the 76ers ought to Embiid endure a selected damage and miss an prolonged time period due to it, league sources advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks.

The 7-footer has been sidelined far longer than he is been capable of compete, sitting out his first two seasons due to a number of surgical procedures on his proper foot, after which suiting up for simply 31 video games in 2016-17. Due to this, Philadelphia constructed a contract that may let the group off the hook if Embiid failed to satisfy sure necessities.

The 76ers might reportedly waive Embiid for a monetary profit ought to he miss 25 or extra common-season video games, or if he performs fewer than 1,650 minutes throughout every of the ultimate 4 years of the extension. Solely the contractually agreed upon accidents apply, although, that are the areas he is already had points with – each his ft and again.

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If Embiid have been to significantly injure some other a part of his physique, Philadelphia wouldn’t be eligible to reclaim a part of his wage.

Additionally, ought to the previous No. three decide play at the very least 1,650 minutes in three-straight years throughout his extension, or no less than three of the 4 years together with 2017-18, the 76ers can be unable to scale back the deal.

The extension kicks in at the beginning of the 2018-19 marketing campaign at $25.three million, leaping eight % annually till 2022-23.

He must earn a spot on the 2018 All-NBA group or be named NBA MVP to hit his incentives for an excellent-max contract, thus paying him as a lot as $176 million or 30 % of the wage cap.

Throughout his 31 appearances, Embiid performed 786 minutes, lower than half of what he wants to succeed in his benchmarks. Throughout that span, he averaged 20.2 factors on forty six.6 % capturing, together with 7.eight rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a couple of.5 rejections, though he misplaced out on Rookie of the Yr honors as a result of he did not play sufficient.

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Embiid has but to take the ground within the preseason as he works his method again from March surgical procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, though he is anticipated to be out there Oct. 18 when Philly opens the common season towards the Washington Wizards.