NBA News: Philadelphia 76ers Unlikely Signing Joel Embiid to Extension This Year
The Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid had a stellar debut season in the NBA although an extension is something he may need to wait for. Injuries limited the young center to 31 games and this could be the reason why the 76ers are non-committal when it comes to re-signing him soon.
According to Spotrac.com, Embiid still has a year left on his current contract with Philadelphia. In 2018, there is a possibility he will become a restricted free agent. The 76ers can prevent this by signing him to an extension from July 6 to the day before the 2017-18 NBA seasons opens. However, from the looks of it, they would not do this.
A report by ESPN suggested that Bryan Colangelo and company will delay the signing of Embiid until 2018. This is to "see" if Philadelphia's young star can play for the majority of a season. As mentioned, in the 76ers' previous campaign, the 23-year-old was sidelined most of the time due to health setbacks.
This is a great move for Colangelo since whatever happens, they have a good chance of keeping Embiid. But the 76ers better prepare their budget because the Cameroonian center is aiming to play 82 games next season.
CSN Philly reported that during the NBA Draft Lottery, Embiid expressed readiness for the 2017-18 season. He was positive when talking about his health.
"[My offseason goal is to] make sure my body's ready because I think next year I'll be able to play almost every game. Just make sure my body's ready to take on the toll of the NBA schedule, back-to-backs, but I intend to play every game and we're going to see how it goes. It's about getting strong and getting my legs strong and making sure I'm ready for next year," Embiid shared according to the report.
Philadelphia will be a dangerous team if Embiid achieves his goal. This season, despite dealing with the injury bug, he averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game. Once he gets healthy and plays alongside the likes of Ben Simmons and Dario Šarić, the 76ers could be a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.
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