Forward Joel Embiid signed a $148 million, five years contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers, the contract has an injury protection. Injury protection means that if Joel Embiid misses a significant amount of games, the 76ers could waive Embiid's contract.

The Miami Heat signed wing player Deandre Liggins to a $1.5 million one year contract. While guard Marcus Smart is still waiting for a contract extension with the Boston Celtics.

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are going to be exciting to watch this upcoming NBA season.

With forward Ben Simmons coming back from injury, this year's number one pick Markelle Fultz, and sharpshooter J.J. Redick to spread the floor, this young 76ers team will surely be a fun team to watch.

Joel Embiid missed the first two seasons of his NBA career due to injury after getting drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers third overall during the 2014 NBA draft. But in his rookie season, Embiid showed some flashes of greatness, although, he only played 31 games and was again out because of injury.

He was a part of the 2016-2017 All-Rookie team and averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 36.8 from three, and 78.3 from the free-throw line.

DeAndre Liggins' 2016-2017 NBA season

DeAndre Liggins was drafted 23rd in the second round and 53rd overall out of the University of Kentucky by the Orlando Magic during the 2011 NBA draft.

He played for two teams during the past NBA season. Liggins appeared in 61 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers before getting waived in April of 2017, he also played one game with the Dallas Mavericks.

Liggins averaged 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 37.0 from three, and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line during the past NBA season.

Is Marcus Smart staying in Boston?

Marcus Smart was drafted sixth overall out of Oklahoma State University by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA draft.

Smart has played all his three seasons with the Boston Celtics and is part of the 2014-2015 All-Rookie team.

After a lot of trade talks that involved Marcus Smart, the Boston Celtics traded away Avery Bradley in order to make room for Gordon Hayward. Marcus Smart has shown interests that he wants to stay with the Celtics but is still yet to hear from the organization's front office.

Marcus Smart averaged 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game while shooting 35.9 percent from the field, 28.3 percent from three, and 81.2 percent from the free-throw line.

With the NBA regular season starting in a few days, it is interesting to see what moves some of these teams make in order to increase their chances of success this upcoming NBA season.