Optimism continues to surround the Sixers and Joel Embiid.

On a recent appearance on “The Lowe Post” podcast with ESPN's Zach Lowe, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid is on track to play in the preseason.

Brown was asked point-blank by Lowe if Embiid would play in the preseason - “Yes he is,” Brown answered immediately.

Multiple videos of Embiid working out have surfaced this summer and the vibes have been positive, but this is maybe the biggest endorsement that he will in fact step on a NBA floor this season.

"I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago," Brown said. "Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited."

The Sixers open the preseason on Oct. 4 against the Boston Celtics.