With Joel Embiid signing a new 5 year, $148 Million Contract Extension the Sixers no longer have the albatross of his looming Restrict Free Agency hanging over the 2017-18 season.  While there are various opinions about the new deal out there, the one thing that is not subject to debate is that this commitment from the 76ers to the Embiid is a loud and clear signal they are all in on the Third Overall Pick of the 2014 NBA Draft as the face and cornerstone of their franchise moving forward.

ESPN NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks, who worked with the New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets organization for 20 years, joined The Sports Bash on Tuesday and gave his perspective on the contract extension:

“They have invested in (Joel Embiid) fully – from basically a new medical team down there, even their practice facility that’s over in Camden that’s from a performance stand point is as good as it gets.  You know they’re athletes, yes, but they’re also something that you invest in and I think the 31 Game sample last year was too tantalizing to let a player like that go or even let him play out the year and enter free agency.  Based on last year, to be able to find that happy medium, they would have probably some egg on their face if a year or two Embiid goes out and signs with another team and really takes off.  I saw Brook Lopez went through those injuries with his foot and he hasn’t missed in the last two or three years many games at all because he finally go healthy.  So can that happen with Embiid?  I think we’ll wait and see.”

Checkout what Marks had to say about what this contract extension means for the Sixers' Salary Cap moving forward, the details of the new deal, and expectations for the 2017-18 NBA season