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Joel Embiid Now Eligible For Massive Contract Extension

Joel Embiid reacting to a call during a game.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 18: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on October 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

With his Second-Team All-NBA selection earlier today, Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid is eligible for a massive contract extension.

According to NBA front-office insider Bobby Marks, the Sixers and Embiid can now begin negotiations on a four-year, super-max contract. The projected value of that deal is a total of $191 million.

The projected contract would start in 2023-24 and marginally increase to a whopping $52.8 million in 2026-27.

Finishing second place in MVP voting this year, Embiid is coming of the best season of his young career. Through 51 regular-season games this year, the four-time All Star averaged a career-high 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. That stellar play has continued during the playoffs as well, averaging a solid 27.4 and 9.9.

That being said, Embiid's current and former injury history could be a holdup in a longterm deal. After missing his first two NBA seasons with a foot injury, the superstar big man is starting to return to his injury-prone ways in 2021. Clearly bothered by his recent knee issues, Embiid hasn't quite been himself in this second-round series.

On Monday night, the Atlanta Hawks tied up the series at two games apiece. Embiid shot 0-12 in the second half en route to a 103-100 Game-4 loss.

Some improved play throughout the remainder of the postseason could go a long way in solidifying Embiid's longterm future in Philadelphia.