Joel Embiid's new deal may be more team friendly than first expected

Joel Embiid’s contract extension has protections for certain injuries, is roughly 35 pages long, and gives the Sixers an option to cut ties with him early under specific circumstances, according to an ESPN report.

The Sixers could waive Embiid, who signed the new deal on Tuesday, if particular injuries cause him to miss significant time — 25 or more regular-season games or plays less than 1,650 minutes in a season —  after each of the final four seasons of his five-year extension.

Those specific injury areas are his feet and back, ESPN reported. If Embiid misses the time, he could be released for “cost savings,” but only if the injury is due to the contractually agreed upon injuries.

For Embiid to earn the full $176 million of the max, he’d have to make first-team all-NBA or be named MVP this upcoming season.

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The 23-year-old is listed as probable for Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.