Embiid underwent a second surgery last Tuesday on his troublesome right foot. A stress fracture in the navicular bone of the foot kept Embiid out for the entire 2014–15 season.
His first surgery came the week before the Sixers selected him third overall in the 2014 NBA draft.
According to Pompey, the recovery time for Embiid's latest operation is five to eight months, but Philadelphia could wait up to 14 months to put Embiid back on the court, taking the most cautious approach possible.
“He's not going to play. Think about it. Last year, we thought everything was healthy and he didn't play,” Pompey wrote. “Joel Embiid, talking to my sources, they want to see him return around October. Not this October but the next October for that season. He may not even return for the start of the season. He may miss a couple of games, but that's their goal. Right now, the Sixers believe he's going to be their long-term superstar. At least, that's what they still hope.”
Embiid has yet to play a game in the NBA. With the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, the Sixers selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor.