Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers agree on rookie maximum contract extension

"Joel Embiid shows he's worth every penny in debut as Sixers handle Nets", Philly.com's headline read, a first assessment since he agreed to a five-year, $146.5 million extension.

If Joel Embiid were to suffer a career-ending injury, the 76ers have a clause in his contract that would allow them to waive the former No. 3 overall pick.

The current figure is based upon the NBA's latest cap projections for the 18-19 season.

Embiid, one of the NBA's most talented and popular young players, has the ability to earn an additional $30 million - bringing the value of the contract to as much as $178 million - if he earns an All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection, or is named MVP this season, league sources said.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft exploded for 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes and 45 seconds of action.

Wojnarowski reports that Philadelphia's financial protections only come in to play if Embiid misses at least 25 games or plays less 1,650 minutes in a single season due to injuries to his foot or back, parts of the body that Embiid has already struggled with.

If the Kansas product were to suffer one of the injuries outlined in his new deal, the 76ers would still owe him a substantial amount of money.

The fate of the 76ers season basically falls on Embiid's shoulders, and the team will only go as far as he takes them.

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.

Embiid is expected to be ready to play for the Sixers on opening night on October 18 against Washington, but could initially face minute restrictions as part of the rehab process on his knee.

Vanessa Coleman

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