5 things to watch for in Joel Embiid's Sixers preseason debut

  • 5 things to watch for in Joel Embiid's Sixers preseason debut

5 things to watch for in Joel Embiid's Sixers preseason debut

The five-year, $146.5 million contract of Joel Embiid with the Philadelphia 76ers is essentially guaranteed unless he suffers a catastrophic injury.

Wasting no time to assert himself and proving to be as agile as he was before suffering his previous knee injury, the Brooklyn Nets simply had no match for Embiid's offensive game.

Specific injuries are laid out in the contract and only include past problem areas with Embiid's feet and back, sources said.

In those 31 games, though, Embiid showed he can be a transformational talent and cornerstone for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season and has had the No. 1 overall pick in the past two National Basketball Association drafts.

If Embiid meets that narrow criteria and the Sixers made a decision to waive him after the 2018-19 season, he would receive $84.2 million of his full contract; $98.2 million after the 2019-20 season; $113.3 million after the 20201-21 season and $129.4 million after the 2021-22 season.

Embiid, 23, has suited up in just 31 games since being picked third overal in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Embiid missed a couple of threes and more than a couple of defensive rotations, but that's to be expected. "I can't wait for him to start playing with us".

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. Wojnarowski and Marks aren't specific regarding how much money the Sixers could save should they cut Embiid because he failed to meet these thresholds. Embiid has yet to make his debut this preseason, but recently returned to full-contact participation in practices. He's still hasn't played in a game after having what the Sixers called "minor" surgery more than six months ago to fix a meniscus tear in his left knee.