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Joel Embiid explains how he plans to help Cameroon after huge contract extension

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Joel Embiid committed his future to the Philadelphia 76ers this week after signing a huge five-year, $148 million extension.

Despite playing just 31 games over three years, the Sixers saw enough in the big man in that time to splash out on him and take a huge risk.

Embiid's career in the league has been blighted by injuries and has missed two full seasons as a result.

But he showed in his rookie campaign last year that he has immense talent and was a dominant force in the time he spent on the floor.

In just 31 outings, he averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

The huge extension may turn out to be a big mistake or a stroke of genius by the 76ers but it all depends on his health.

But as well as returning to full fitness recently, the center now has another 148 million reasons to be cheerful.

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Just a day after signing his new deal, the 23-year-old revealed how he plans to use a portion of his money.

Purchasing a fancy house or a luxury car is not on the agenda for Embiid just yet as he feels obligated to help the people in his homeland of Cameroon.

In an interview with Philly.com, Embiid explained how he wants to improve the lives of many in his country and seek to aid the poverty they are going through via his foundation.

“Over there, there’s a lot of poverty,” Embiid said. “A lot of people don’t have a lot of stuff. I feel like I need to do a lot of stuff over there.”

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The Sixers star is delighted to be able to pump money into his foundation, that is run by his parents in Cameroon, which helps people in need.

This says a lot about him and it's wonderful to see him using his status as a basketball player to try and change the lives of those less fortunate.

The Kansas product believes his new contract was made possible by 76ers fans and is grateful for the support they've given him.

The seven-footer has developed a great bond with the Philadelphia fans and the entire city and hopes to reward them.

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“I don’t think without them I get this extension,” Embiid said. “They did a lot for me. Even though, I don’t think they know that, they pushed me a lot.”

Embiid finally returned to the floor last night and once again showcased his dominance by posting 22 points and seven rebounds in just 14 minutes of action.

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