Philadelphia 76ers fans have waited to see center Joel Embiid on a court after he was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, but that process might take longer than expected. Embiid has suffered a setback in his recovery from the foot injury that sidelined him for his entire rookie season, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Embiid could miss the 76ers' Summer League games, per Wojnarowski:
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.
Sixers president of basketball operations and GM Sam Hinkle released a statement regarding Embiid's status:
"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."