Ben Simmons Says Joel Embiid is Unstoppable

Joel Embiid

The designated exception - termed "the super-max" - allows Embiid to earn a higher percentage of the salary cap - and potentially millions of dollars more - if he meets criteria, including, making All-NBA teams or the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

However, this means that an unhealthy Embiid would make $74 million on a five-year deal.

Even if he was hurt and missed games like a normal player was going to miss, there's no games played in the contract, that's not allowed in the National Basketball Association.

This was the logic that Bryan Colangelo's predecessor used when he made a decision to select Embiid at No. 3 overall in 2014.

Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.

Next is Joel Embiid, who comes in at No. 1. 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. Aside from injuries, Parker has showed talent and potential to be worth similar to what Wiggins and Embiid will receiver. He hasn't played in a game since January 27. And, yes, the Sixers had drafted a big man in the first round the year before.

Philadelphia went 15-27 in games where Embiid played, and 13-55 without him. Obviously, there are going to be people who question it just because he hasn't played that many games. If Embiid's body continues to fall apart and they waive him, are they still on the hook for 75 percent of the contract? Even with Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz on the roster, Embiid is the obvious franchise centerpiece. This extension could be viewed as a vote of confidence toward his long-term health.

We all know Embiid's injury history. Yes, he'd already missed the end of his lone college season with a back injury. While Embiid needed two surgeries to fix the navicular bone in his right foot, there were no indications of any complications previous year.

Embiid trained in Philadelphia on Monday and will rejoin the team tonight. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. The big man is now working back from a torn meniscus but has been participating in 5-on-5 work of late, and the hope is that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. It may seem like a great deal at the moment, but now it is up to Embiid to stay on the court and play at the caliber worthy of this contract.

Embiid's current rookie deal paid him $6.1 million for this season, and the Sixers could have offered him a qualifying offer for $8 million next season.

Until Embiid is back on the court and playing at his near-All-Star level the Oden whispers will always linger.

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