However, signing Embiid to a max contract extension is as much about the hope that he stays healthy as it is continuing to brew the culture that their franchise center has helped cultivate, despite not actually being on the court.
"He has a chance to be great", Brown said.
"I would term it shared risk", Sixers president Bryan Colangelo said, declining to disclose salary cap protections to Philly.com. Embiid has only played in 31 games, all of which had a minute restriction. "It wasn't a surprise to me", Okafor told the Philadelphia Daily News.
Embiid, who returned to 5-on-5 scrimmaging last Friday and at practice Tuesday appeared fully recovered from last March's surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee, is listed as probable for Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. There's still lots of work to be done.
Fans around the National Basketball Association and media members were shocked by this deal.
The mercurial Sixers big man was an adrenaline shot to a struggling Philadelphia franchise, averaging 20 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on 36.7 percent three-point shooting.
While Embiid's talent is as undeniable as his injury history, getting his signature for a max contract extension couldn't come without some level of precaution for the Sixers' front office.
The Philadelphia faithful flocked to the Wells Fargo Center to watch him in action last season and the team even sold out some of the games he was involved in.
Embiid had adopted "The Process" as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities.
The journalist goes on to label Embiid's new deal as a "complex" contract as the 76ers would have to waive the superstar for him not to reap the full rewards of his extension. Regardless of the real motivations behind holding him out, Sixers fans will certainly be happy to see him on the floor now. "He does it with just his physical presence". We'll skip on the hotel since you have a 5:50 departing flight Saturday morning, bringing your flight grand total to $780 before you spend a dime on tickets, food, Ubers from the airport, or anything else. There's a steep learning curve that comes with handling the ball against NBA defenses, and even Fultz, who was projected as one of the most polished assets since Kyrie Irving, will need to get a feel for the pace of professional basketball. I wouldn't want to compare Embiid to Gregg Oden, Andrew Bynum, Yao Ming. but the trend with such injuries is one that can not be overlooked.
If Embiid plays a minimum of 1,650 regular-season minutes in three consecutive years during the extension, or three out of four including the 2017-18 season, those benchmarks would eliminate the possibility of a reduction in the contract.