As the upstart Philadelphia 76ers prepare to start training camp, there’s a ton of excitement surrounding the team. Sure Ben Simmons returning to full health and the selection of Markelle Fultz helps with this excitement.
But coming off an injury-plagued and equally impressive 2016-17 campaign, Joel Embiid remains the face of the franchise. That’s something general manager Bryan Colangelo is optimistic will continue over the long term.
B Colangelo on possible Embiid extension: 'It is certainly something that is being considered and discussed. I'm cautiously optimistic.'
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) September 20, 2017
The two sides have been engaged in extension conversations this summer. If agreed to, it would likely be of the max-deal variety.
Embiid missed his first two seasons in the NBA with foot injuries. He then put up 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting at a remarkable 37 percent from three point range in 31 games last season. Unfortunately, Embiid’s season was cut short after he suffered a knee injury.
Needless to say, signing Embiid to a rich extension would be risky for Philadelphia. But his on-court talent far exceeds said risk.