Sixers, Joel Embiid finalize contract extension, reportedly $196 million over 4 years

The love affair between Joel Embiid and the city of Philadelphia is a beautiful thing, and it will continue for at least another four years.

The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed Joel Embiid to a multi-year contract extension. The terms weren’t released, but ESPN’s Romona Shelburne reported that it’s a four-year, $196 million supermax deal.

The deal will keep Embiid in Philly through the 2026-2027 season. It’s fully guaranteed, unlike the deal he signed with the Sixers in 2017 which protected the team in case Embiid should catastrophically injure his lower back or feet. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he’ll be guaranteed a total of $261 million.

Embiid’s irrepressible personality shone through even in the details of the extension. According to Shelburne, Embiid chose to represent himself in negotiations with the team.

As Shelburne pointed out, Embiid was exceptional for the Sixers this past season. More than that, he’s been the key difference maker. With issues surrounding Ben Simmons’ consistency and willingness to shoot the ball in the recent playoffs, Embiid continually stepped up. He played the second half of the playoffs on a torn meniscus, never complaining and putting up series-saving performances.