Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid reportedly suffered a setback in the healing process of his right foot.
Embiid, the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft, missed his rookie season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture days before the draft.
Wojnarowski reports Embiid did not feel pain in the foot, but a “recent” CT scan “revealed an issue in the healing process.”
The 76ers confirmed the CT scan in a statement released Saturday night from president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie.
“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.“
Head coach Brett Brown said last month that Embiid would participate in summer league, but that could be jeopardized by the setback.
Embiid was going through weeks of “rigorous workouts” in Southern California and impressing onlookers with his “dominant, explosive performances,” reports Wojnarowski.
In March, Embiid also had a “minor setback” while working out.
Embiid, 21, played one season at Kansas and averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. The 7'0", 250-pound center missed the final six games of the 2013–2014 season, including the NCAA tournament, due to a stress fracture in his back.
The 76ers will have the third pick in the June 25 NBA draft after finishing 18–64, second-worst in the Eastern Conference.
- Mike Fiammetta