"We texted back and forth".
The deal, which will keep Embiid in Philadelphia through the 2022-23 season, is worth a reported $148 million and could be worth up to as much as $178 million based on incentives, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the three seasons since his draft selection, Embiid has only played in 31 games due to injuries to his right foot and left knee.
He appeared in 31 games a year ago after missing all of his first two seasons to a variety of foot ailments.
Self and current members of the KU team will be able to visit with Embiid in person soon enough.
Embiid, who just this week took part in 5-on-5 practices, has not appeared in a real game since January 17.
Barring any setbacks, Embiid, who missed the team's first three exhibitions, should be healthy enough to practice at KU, then play during his return trip to the Sprint Center, where he scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds blocked four shots and had three steals in the Jayhawks' 80-63 victory over New Mexico on December 14, 2013.
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"It's awesome. I am blessed". And given Embiid's rare talent, there's a belief that he'd have to suffer a career-ending injury to inspire the 76ers to release him. "I went to the (Eagles) game and it was probably the most love I've gotten in the city yet".
He wants to use some of the money to support his foundation run by his parents in his native country of Cameroon. According to the FATS calculator on nbamath.com, the Sixers were a 49.7-win team when Embiid was playing. "I don't give a lot of people props, but I like that kid a lot".
Big men of Embiid's stature (7-foot-2 and 285 pounds) aren't prime candidates for a healthy future when their past includes a series of foot, knee and back problems. Surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee ended his 2016-17 season in March.
There were doubts over whether the Sixers would take a massive financial gamble on a player who has only played 31 games in the National Basketball Association.
Embiid, 23, must miss at least 25 games because of an injury to one of those areas, or play fewer than 1,650 minutes in a season for these protections to come into play.
"Again, I fully anticipate and hope we are paying the entirety of the contract", he added.
Forward Jahlil Okafor was among the happy teammates.
Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid's parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country. Honestly, there's nobody that can compete with him at his position.