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Report: Embiid to Have Surgery, Unlikely to Play This Season
Saturday, July 11
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Embiid will have surgery and is likely to miss the season.
“I would say there’s a great possibility that Embiid won’t play next year,” the Pompey's source said. “Just think how long they sat him when they thought he was healthy.”
On June 26, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said the team is "closing in on (what to do with) Joel," and is consulting with specialists "around the globe," according to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times.
After weeks of rigorous workouts, Embiid had not felt pain in the foot, but a recent CT scan revealed an issue in the healing process, sources said. Philadelphia is consulting with doctors on how to best proceed, and it's still premature to speculate on the possibility of another surgical procedure that could sideline Embiid, sources said.
Hinkie released a statement on the situation (via Michael Preston, the team's director of public relations):
Taking center Jahlil Okafor shows that the team may not hold out much hope for Embiid to play this season, although they could still use his talents on the defensive end.