Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will undergo season-ending foot surgery on Tuesday.
The 76ers announced in July that Embiid needed a second surgery on his right foot and would likely miss the 2015–16 season. A stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot kept Embiid out for all of last season as well.
ESPN's Darren Rovell reports that Philadelphia will pay Embiid the $9 million he is owed in the first two years of his contract out of pocket. Because Embiid's salary is one of the five highest on the team and he had a pre-existing injury, his foot was reportedly excluded from the NBA's insurance policy.
His first surgery occurred the week prior to the 2014 NBA draft, and the Sixers selected him with knowledge of the condition. Rovell adds that if the foot was insured, the team would have received around $5.4 million back from the league.
Embiid, 21, was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft. He has yet to play a game in the NBA. He last played an organized game on March 1, 2014 with Kansas before a back injury sidelined him for the rest of his freshman year.
In June, the Sixers drafted Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick. Okafor joins former sixth overall pick Nerlens Noel in Philadelphia's frontcourt.
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