Josh Harris Rumors
The 76ers are building a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose sports and youth training complex in Wilmington. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which oversees the Sixers organization, and The Buccini/Pollin Group announced Wednesday morning their partnership to create 76ers Fieldhouse on 8.9 acres of land off U.S. Route 13 and Garasches Lane. BPG is a private real estate acquisition, development and management company based in Wilmington.
The fieldhouse is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2018. The 140,000-square-foot complex will serve as home for the Sixers’ NBA G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, beginning next season. The 87ers court will be configured to host around 2,500 fans.
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.”
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.