Star center Joel Embiid and the Philadephia 76ers agree to four-year, $196M contract extension

The Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid agreed to a four-year, $196 million extension on Tuesday, keeping the star center under contract with the franchise through the 2026-27 season. Embiid, 27, was scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season; he will now make $261 million over the next six seasons. The four-time All-Star is scheduled to earn $31.5 million and $33.6 million over the next two seasons, respectively.

Embiid averaged a career-high 28.5 points per game and finished second in NBA MVP voting in 2020-21. He also averaged 10.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and one steal per game last season. Embiid led the 76ers to the best regular season record (49-23) in the Eastern Conference in 2020-21 and helped the team secure a No. 1 see throughout the playoffs. He is also a three-time second-team All-Defensive and three-time second-team All-NBA selection.

Editorial credit: Khairil Azhar Junos / Shutterstock.com