Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid’s five-year, $146.5 million maximum extension is essentially guaranteed but protects the franchise financially should Embiid suffer a contractually specific catastrophic injury, league sources told ESPN. Embiid, 23, signed the rookie-scale max extension Tuesday, with the $146.5 million total for the deal based on the NBA’s new salary cap projections for the 2018-19 season.
December 17, 2017 | 6:22 pm EST Update
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler’s sore back kept him out of most of practice Sunday and could keep him out of Monday’s game against Portland at Target Center. “He didn’t do much today,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday’s short practice. “Just getting treatment. We’ll see how he is [Monday].” The Timberwolves officially listed Butler as questionable with back spasms.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors improve to 11-1 at home (NBA best) and 6-1 during this stretch of 8 straight games vs teams with losing records. They close it out in Charlotte on Wednesday before their home-and-home with Philly.
Daryl Morey: Steve Jobs:”It doesnt make sense to hire smart people&tell them what to do;we hire smart people to tell us what to do. Over the years we learned if we ask people to rely on logic&common sense instead of formal policies,most of the time we would get better results,&at lower cost.”