Source: Joel Embiid Suffers Setback to Injured Foot
The Sixers have even put out a statement from GM Sam Hinkie that was sent out at 9:48 on Saturday night.
The following is a statement from President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie, regarding center Joel Embiid:
"As part of the conservative approach focused on the long-term health, recovery and care of Joel, we have been closely monitoring his progress, regularly evaluating his status and adjusting our plans accordingly.
"Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process. During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point.
"Our priority remains providing Joel with every opportunity to ensure he has a long and successful NBA career, and as such, these findings cause us to pause and reassess his current activities. Together with Joel and his representatives, we will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluations, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists.
"Discussions regarding the appropriate next steps are currently ongoing and we will share an update once it becomes available."
This is not good news for the Sixers who were hoping to see Embiid participate in summer league basketball. Embiid missed his rookie season due to surgery, on his foot, which has now suffered a setback. A CT scan revealed an issue and the team is now consulting with doctors on what to do next.
(Listen to Sixers insider Derek Bodner discuss Joel Embiid injury)
This news might also affect how the 76ers may draft later this month.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the team has a "firm" top three on their draft board consisting of Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. The reports indicates that even though the Sixers have two big-men with Nerlens Noel and Embiid, they would take Okafor even if it’s to collect an asset to trade later.
Other reports indicate Kristaps Porzingis could be an option for the 76ers with the third pick in the draft, ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Lakers (No. 2) are giving him some serious consideration as well. Porzingis was the best player in the draft following the workout, according to one NBA scout - he possesses a rare combination of size, athleticism and shooting ability that teams are very intrigued by.