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Sixers exercise contract options on Embiid, Noel, and Stauskas

Feb 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown (left) walks with center Joel Embiid (21) after running him threw drills prior to a game against the Indiana Pacers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown (left) walks with center Joel Embiid (21) after running him threw drills prior to a game against the Indiana Pacers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers signed up for another year of the Joel Embiid experience. Bill Streicher USA Today Sports

The Sixers announced on Friday that they will be picking up the third-year contact options on Joel Embiid and Nik Stauskas, and the fourth-year contract option on Nerlens Noel.

This move was an expected one in advance of the Oct. 31 deadline to do so, but even so, it's at least a little bit interesting where Embiid is concerned.

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The third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft has yet to play a single game for the Philadelphia franchise, and is expected to miss a second consecutive season after his foot was found to need a second surgery this summer.

This contract decision guarantees Embiid $4,826,160 for the 2016-17 season, and while this was really the only move for the Sixers to make here, it will be questioned by a segment of the fan base if in fact Embiid never is able to reach his potential.