As the upstart Philadelphia 76ers prepare to start training camp, there’s a ton of excitement surrounding the team. Sure Ben Simmons returning to full health and the selection of Markelle Fultz helps with this excitement.

But coming off an injury-plagued and equally impressive 2016-17 campaign, Joel Embiid remains the face of the franchise. That’s something general manager Bryan Colangelo is optimistic will continue over the long term.

The two sides have been engaged in extension conversations this summer. If agreed to, it would likely be of the max-deal variety.