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October 16 is the deadline for teams to sign eligible players from the 2014 draft class to rookie-scale extensions before they hit restricted free agency next summer. There have already been multiple reports that the Wolves and Sixers will look to ink their young stars, and multiple league sources have told me they expect Andrew Wiggins to sign once he gets his new agency in order. Joel Embiid’s fate is less clear, considering his significant injury history.
An NBA source denied a report that agent Leon Rose plans to hold the 76ers’ Joel Embiid out from 5-on-5 scrimmaging until Embiid receives a contract extension. The source claimed what Howard Eskin of 94WIP said Thursday is “absolutely not” the case and there’s “nothing to the reports.”
In addition to being so talented, Embiid is extremely popular with the fans because of his outgoing personality and social media engagement, as well as his rare basketball skill set for a man of his size. “He’s got the public on his side,” said a league source. “It’s a public relations nightmare (for the Sixers).” While the Sixers have declined to comment on an Embiid extension since the free agency period began July 1, managing owner Josh Harris told me June 23 that the organization is “focused on it.”
League sources said recently they there was a growing sense that the 76ers would indeed extend Embiid, and that a deal structured something like Antetokounmpo’s four-year $100 million pact would make sense given the injury history. The problem with getting a deal done at less than max is that many in Embiid’s world believe he could get a max offer in restricted free agency next year, especially if he plays at the level he did for 31 games last season.
The 76ers have until Oct. 31 to extend Joel Embiid’s rookie contract. The extension would begin with the 2018-19 season and could be for in excess of $100 million over four years. Even with trading up to make Markelle Fultz the No. 1 overall selection in June’s NBA Draft, signing veteran shooting guard JJ Redick and 2016 top pick Ben Simmons playing point guard on offense, Embiid is the key to the whole process as the team’s most irreplaceable part.
An NBA source said Thursday that the 76ers won’t “comment on any details of contract discussions or negotiations until (they’ve) concluded” regarding a potential Joel Embiid contract extension.
Signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the 76ers’ offseason priorities, according to managing owner Josh Harris.
Following Friday’s news conference to introduce the Sixers’ four picks in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, Harris said the organization is “focused on it.” “Look, I’d just say we want Joel to be on the team for a long time,” Harris said. “We want us all to grow old together. That’s the way I would put it.”
Since he is heading into his fourth pro season, the Sixers can extend Embiid’s rookie contract from July 1 until the day before the season opener in mid- to late October. The extension would begin with the 2018-19 campaign for a maximum of roughly $130 million for five years or $100 million over four years.
Joel Embiid could sign a five-year, $150 million maximum contract extension, but it is likely the Sixers will push for less guaranteed money, including injury protections in the deal.
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It wasn’t hypothetical swaps for Carmelo Anthony — trades that the Cavs never seriously considered, according to sources. This time, Love’s name was floated out there in blockbuster deals for Paul George, who eventually went to Oklahoma City. “I don’t know if numb is the word,” Love said. “Some of the things are laughable. I know this is our job and this is our business and this is what we do for a living. But at the end of the day it’s a business. We’ve seen guys on several teams and throughout the course of history of the game, maybe a coach or a GM or a certain player has sworn that either they’re going to keep him or they’re going to sign this player, free agency and they get a better deal. It’s the better offer theory.
“I just take it with a grain of salt at this point and know that wherever I am, I want to be here, it’s well-documented, I want to compete for a championship. But at the end of the day I know that it’s a business and anything can happen at any given moment. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working and keep my damn mouth shut and go out there and try and perform.”
Speculation says LeBron James leaves Cleveland after this season. Former Post columnist Peter Vecsey wrote James “unequivocally” will bolt for the Lakers. “I think he leaves and he goes somewhere and he can always point back to, ‘Guys, I came back and gave you everything I have. We won a title but now I have to move on. You traded one of our top players …’” said one rival executive. “And if they have success, it’s a whole other story.”
While general manager Scott Perry said the starting center job will be one of the most important battles of camp, he admitted something could happen in terms of a trade. Who knows if Kanter, 25, becomes more of a two-way player after his 33-pound weight loss and renders Hernangomez a trade chip down the road. Or if Kanter is flipped for draft picks at the trade deadline to a team desperate for inside scoring? “Part of my job is to daily assess our roster, take phone calls and figure out ways to keep getting this basketball team better,’’ Perry said during media day Monday. “So I will continue to do that.’’
The Cavs will fill out their training camp roster with JaCorey Williams with their 20th and final spot, a team source tells ESPN. Williams, a rangy 6-8 forward, was named Conference USA’s Player of the Year last season while putting up 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for Middle Tennessee State University.