The Philadelphia Sixers continue to trust the process and their big star Joel Embiid will stay with the team for the long term after agreeing to a 4-year supermax extension, according to Ramona Shelburne from ESPN. The former third pick of the 2014 NBA Draft confirmed the news on his social media.
Full story on Joel Embiid and Philadelphia 76ers finalizing 4-year, $196 million supermax extension through 2026-27. Deal includes a player option on the final season and is expected to be announced today. https://t.co/fA52xaHcbT
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 17, 2021
There’s no place like PHILADELPHIA!!! Excited to continue working towards bringing a title home and eventually retire here #PHILLY pic.twitter.com/V7YLAbRxAD
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) August 17, 2021
Embiid still had two years left of his 2017 extension so the new contract will keep him tied to Philadelphia until the 2026-27 season in which he will have a player option to exercise.
Just the past season, Embiid had an impressive season putting himself in the MVP conversation and finishing second in the voting with averages of 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 31 minutes per game.
He was also named to the All-NBA second team which made him eligible for the extension.
Now, he is the eight-player in the league that has signed a supermax contract along with Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Rudy Gobert, and Damian Lillard.