Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid rebroke the navicular bone in his right foot and will have surgery soon.
The 76ers announced on July 11 that Embiid would have a bone graft of the fracture site on his foot and that he would likely miss the upcoming season. At the time, the statement from president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie said the team anticipated the procedure would take place in the subsequent seven to 10 days.
Embiid, 21, was the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA draft out of Kansas. The 7-foot center played one season at Kansas, appearing in 28 games before sustaining a stress fracture in his back that kept him out of the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a freshman.
Embiid underwent surgery on the broken navicular bone in his right foot for the first time on June 20, 2014, two months before signing his rookie contract with the 76ers. Because he missed the entirety of his rookie season, the last competitive game Embiid has played in was March 1, 2014, when Kansas faced Oklahoma State.
With the third pick in last month’s draft, the 76ers selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor to support their frontcourt.
- Mike Fiammetta