Joel Embiid has yet to prove that he can play more than 25 minutes a night or more than 30 games in a season, but when he has been on the court he's looked like a truly generational talent.
When Philadelphia drafted Embiid, they were in their first full season of tanking.
For example, if Embiid hypothetically suffered a serious knee or wrist injury - something outside the contractual language surrounding the feet and back - the 76ers would have no avenue to waive Embiid to reclaim any portion of his salary.
"I'm so thrilled to be in this position", Embiid said in a statement. It's nearly certain that Embiid's contract will be heavily insured and that there will be injury clauses so that the Sixers won't be totally liable to pay everything if he remains as injury prone as he's been since his collegiate career at Kansas.
Embiid, who is expected to be ready for opening night after undergoing surgery last spring to fix a torn meniscus, spoke after practice on Tuesday about signing his lucrative contract.
What's more, if Embiid played a minimum of 1,650 regular-season minutes in three consecutive years during the extension, or three out of four including the 2017-18 season, those benchmarks would eliminate the possibility of a reduction in the contract, league sources said.
On Tuesday he spoke with reporters about his new contract - one he signed Monday on his mother Christine's birthday. The driver trailed Embiid and shouted, "Trust the process!", to which Embiid raised his fist in agreement.
Embiid, a native of Cameroon, averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 31 games as a rookie before being sidelined in late January with a meniscus injury.
The Philadelphia faithful flocked to the Wells Fargo Center to watch him in action last season and the team even sold out some of the games he was involved in. According to the FATS calculator on nbamath.com, the Sixers were a 49.7-win team when Embiid was playing. But it's a gamble worth taking. "A lot of people don't have a lot of stuff". You don't give up that tag freely - but he has a chance to be great.
What Embiid was able to display in such a small sample size, and after sitting out for over two years, is nothing short of impressive.
But regardless of how much money is guaranteed to Embiid, this is a massive investment in a guy who, to this point, has barely been on an National Basketball Association court. Brown even likened Embiid to a musician.
"Joel Embiid is a transformative young talent that you rarely come across in our game", said Sixers president Bryan Colangelo in the press release announcing the deal. But what is fully apparent, regardless of particular clauses, is that the Sixers were ready to invest in the future of Embiid, despite his past.
Yes, rolling the dice on a big man with an injury list that rivals his height is incredibly risky.