The basketball season is 82 games long and Joel Embiid is entering his fourth season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
He has played a grand total of 31 games (all last season) out of a possible 246 games and yet the Sixers decided to reward Embiid with a 5 year, $148 million extension.
While the team did work some ways to get out of the contract, I still believe that this is a mistake.
There was no reason to give Joel Embiid this kind of contract until he can prove that he can handle the full length of a season. Why not sign him to a short-term deal?
With Embiid on the court last season, the Sixers went 13-18 and their defense was one of the best in the NBA, even better than San Antonio's but again, the injuries are a huge factor.
This is a high-risk, high-reward move for the Sixers but I believe that a different approach could have been taken by the front office of the team. Embiid can still get hurt and the team would still be on the hook for all of his contract.
Again, he's played in 31 out of a possible 246 games (12%) and he's being rewarded with a $148 million contract. I get that the Sixers are all about "trusting the process" but don't give this fan base false hope by signing someone to a large contract who might not even play or even turnout to be what you expected.