In between were some of the most exciting 31 games since the Allen Iverson era, with Embiid putting up nor just Rookie of the Year-worthy numbers, but NBA All-Star caliber stats as well.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the 76ers signed Embiid to a designated rookie-scale max extension.
There will be a fair amount of questions about the timing of the deal, and they're warranted.
Some of you will gasp at the potential earnings, but there are few better ways for the Sixers to invest that money than to gamble on Embiid's talent.
Embiid has grown into one of the most popular players during his short time in the league, ranging from his social media adventures to his often-hysterical quotes and dances during interviews. While Embiid's injury history is certainly extensive, all of his issues have been unrelated.
The deal signifies that the team has no long-term doubts about the health of the second-year player, who sat out two entire seasons after getting mutiple foot surgeries, and was pulled from the active roster last year before getting knee surgery. The meniscus injury is a common one amongst National Basketball Association players, and shouldn't be an issue going forward. Medina's staff was on the cutting during their time in Barcelona, and will certainly work closely with the 7-foot-2 center for the forseeable future to ensure a long and prosperous career in Philadelphia.
The Sixers are hopeful Embiid will be in the lineup on opening night.
Including Monday's game against Boston, the Sixers have three more preseason games before the regular season opener October 18 at Washington. Either way, it seems as though the team has clearly structured the deal in a way that they won't be on the hook for the full $148 million if Embiid were to go down again.