Sixers ‘cautiously optimistic’ Joel Embiid extension will get done

By Vincent Frank
Apr 8, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Injured Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) practices prior to a game against the New York Knicks at Wells Fargo Center. The New York Knicks won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.