Josh Harris Rumors
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.
The Philadelphia 76ers have announced details for its second annual Sixers Youth Foundation Gala presented by VIP Wireless, which will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the 23rd Street Armory. Proceeds from the event will support the Sixers Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to bringing positive, meaningful change to the lives of young people in the Greater Delaware Valley. The lounge-style, star-studded gala, “Evening on the Court,” will be attended by Sixers legends Allen Iverson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, the current Philadelphia 76ers players and coaches, celebrities, Philadelphia-area philanthropists and more. Three-time American Music Award Winners and four-time Platinum recording artists Bell Biv DeVoe will perform alongside the Sixers Dunk Squad presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, Sixers Dancers and mascot Franklin. Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris and his wife, Marjorie, are both Honorary Co-Chairs of the event alongside Sixers Co-Managing General Partner David Blitzer, and his wife, Allison.
GamesBeat: What do you think became the point at which the likes of the 76ers and major sports owners started to get involved? Richardson: At a high level, I think the number of people spectating—when you have the League of Legends world finals drawing a larger audience than the NBA finals and the BCS championships, that’s an inflection point. The specific thing is, at the NBA owners’ meeting maybe 12-14 months ago, the NBA actually presented to all the owners. “Hey, there’s this thing out there called esports. We want to walk you through it.” Josh Harris and David Blitzer, the two managing owners of the Sixers – they also own the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, and they just purchased Crystal Palace, the English football club – those guys turned to Scott O’Neil, CEO of the Sixers, and said, “What do you think? This seems like an opportunity we need to get involved in.”
On a podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, Bryan Colangelo finally confirmed what everyone had (correctly) assumed: Colangelo would have had final say. In fact, owernship’s initial reluctance to give Colangelo final say led to him turning down their first offer. “The first time that I met with David Blitzer and Josh Harris I basically told them I’m not the guy for this job,” Colangelo told Wojnarowski. “But a good month and a half passed and they called me back and said ‘We want to revisit, would you be interested?’ This time I said sure, I’ll listen, but I’m not sure things have changed. But their approach changed, and obviously that approach was something where I wouldn’t be coming in to work underneath Sam [Hinkie]. I was going to be coming in to be the lead in terms of basketball operations.”