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Potential No. 1 pick Joel Embiid suffers foot injury, possibly broken but severity unknown

Jun 19, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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Maybe this will be nothing severe, for his sake let’s hope it is not. Let’s hope whatever this is heals quickly and he goes on to a long and very productive NBA career.

However Joel Embiid has suffered a foot injury during the process of working out for teams in the run-up to the NBA Draft, something that could impact his draft position. He has cancelled his workout scheduled with the Bucks this week.

Embiid has been considered a possible (or even likely in some circles) No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers but they are now considering their other options (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum) and Embiid could slide down the draft board. How far depends on the severity and type of injury.

We don’t know the details but Embiid’s agent confirmed the injury to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

“He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”

“He may have broken it,” one source told ESPN.

If it is a fracture that could mean surgery to install pins, but that is speculation at this point.

It also may not be that severe, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo sports.

Big men with foot problems will scare teams, although you have to think he wouldn’t fall past four or five in the draft still. There is too much potential.

Embiid is 7’0” and is incredibly athletic and mobile for someone his size. He instantly will be a good rim protecting big who can defend, his offensive game is all about potential — he is very raw but he made big leaps on post moves in one year at Kansas. In a league without dominant big men he has the potential to be one.

However, there were questions about his back — he suffered a stress fracture there at the end of the season in Kansas that kept him out of the final games and NCAA Tournament — and now a foot injury. These are two areas that can be lingering, chronic areas for big men. Something that is going to give teams drafting him pause.

The top of the NBA Draft just got a lot more interesting. It’s hard not to see Andrew Wiggins going No. 1 anymore, but these are the Cavaliers so who knows.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    The ultimate smokescreen to get Philly to trade up.

    • loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Embiid’s camp won’t comment

  2. mungman69 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Lets not jump to anything yet.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Well I’ve got my Jump to Conclusions Mat ready to go when we can.

      • bougin89 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM


  3. loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    This 100% solidifies Wiggins @1 for Cleveland and Parker @2 for Milwaukee
    Only way 76ers get the #1 pick will be for #3 and #10

    • loungefly74 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      agree. no way it could be anything else. heck…Embiid may drop to the 10th spot now.


  4. clownsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Oden 2.0

  5. tmatic74 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Smells like a rat to me. Nobody wants to play for the Cavs or the Bucks. I say the Suxers really want Embid and they are all working together to make that happen.

    • emdawt - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Why would Philly want two injury prone 7-footers?

      • sasquash20 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Because Noel is to skinny. Having both would gives them way more options. If they facea legit big put Embiid on him if a team is running smaller put Noel at the 5. Options defensively

      • sixerstrong - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Noel is not injury prone. His knee injury was from contact, which makes it completely different than a normal tear. Embid does worry me, but if we can’t get Wiggins or Parker, I still think Embid has the highest upside of anyone in the draft.

    • loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      They would have come out and denied it already

    • fm31970 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      As a Bucks fan, I am fine with that. If this eliminates any chance of the Bucks drafting him, that’s the best possible outcome.

      No ill will to Embid intended, but the back injury alone is a red flag, now this?

      • bougin89 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Me too. If Embiid’s injury concerns weren’t already a huge red flag this foot injury should take him off the Bucks board(at least in regards to the #2 overall pick).

  6. mungman69 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    If Embiid falls to the Sixers then they will trade Noel. Lots of wheels spinning now.

  7. campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I think Cleveland has had enough of the injury bug. Daugherty’s career ended because of a bad back,Price blew his knee out and was never the same,Ilgauskas missed nearly 3 years because of bad feet and now Bennett and Irving can barely play for half a season. They need to see results sooner than later. Sorry Philly but if this is right, you just rigged for Exum.

  8. themagicfanguy - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    BS, a “source” said he may have broken it? What a coincidence. Probably Marcus Smarts agent, he doesn’t want Smart going any later than 4 to Orlando.

    • jeffkx - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      embiid’s agent confirmed it

  9. campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Even if it’s so,he’s an athletic 7 footer. If a guy like Bynum can milk multiple teams for millions then this guy will have a long and prosperous career with or without injuries.

    • therealhtj - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      At least prosperous.

  10. 1historian - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Sam Smith says Parker is the best of the 3 and it’s not even close.

    • bougin89 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Don’t believe anything a GM says right now…They’re all professional smoke screeners until they have to actually make their pick.

  11. ravenswhat - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Welp, there goes your hopes of getting Wiggins there Philly.

  12. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    And being a Sixersf fan continues to be brutal……

  13. scbaby2013 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Hello Greg Oden 2.0

  14. darrenjamesmorgan - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Tellem: He suffered a “foot injury to his right foot”; glad it wasn’t a back injury to his right foot.

  15. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    It’s funny how everyone keeps bashing the Sixers ..

    • campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      I don’t think anyone is bashing the Sixers. They actually had a good idea on rebuilding the team, Fighting for a perpetual 7 or 8 seed wasn’t good enough and they did right to blow it up. Picking at 3 and 10 is going to give you guys two great players,not to mention Noel playing AND you guys have more picks to wheel and deal with. Yeah people are busting chops over the whole “Riggin’ for Wiggins” joke,but I can see the Sixers getting good fast.

    • loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      It was the over obvious tanking

  16. harshedmellow - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    His stock just plummeted; if he did break it requiring surgery he’ll be lucky to go top 5.

    BUT, he’ll get his chance.

  17. floreskins - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    The Cavs docs were the ones that found this. It strengthens the thought that they would definitely be taking Wiggins or Parker at 1 and if you wanted either then you’d have to pony up for it. What if they (Cavs) still wanted Embiid and this was a way to get the Sixers to up the ante for Wiggins, while almost guaranteeing Embiid is there at 3, and now they have the 10 as well.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Sounds good…won’t happen

      • floreskins - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        The Sixers are in discussions with teams about trading for a pick that they’d sandwich between the third and 10th overall selections that they already possess, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports,
        If Hinkie can turn Thad, 2’s and a bad contract into say the 8th pick from Sacramento who likes him and wanted him at the deadline, then trading 3 & 10 or 3 & 8 to get to 1 is far more plausible.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Again…Sounds good…won’t happen

  18. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM


    You make a good point.

  19. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I’ll take Parker over Wiggins.

  20. glenuendo - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Sounds like he will be having surgery.

  21. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    We should Draft Vonleh at 3, Stauskas at 10, trade Thad and a 2nd round pick for the 11th or 12th pick and draft Kentucky forward James Young.

  22. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Dario Saric * not James Young.

  23. seasickcecil - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Cavs wiggins, Bucks Parker, Sixers???????.

  24. rushbacker - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Feel bad for the kid, but any GM that takes him with a top five pick is gettin’ fired in a couple years. All the potential in the world doesn’t help you if the guy can’t get on the court, and dude is obviously made of porcelain and other fragile stuff. A 7-footer with back AND foot injuries before he ever suits up? Yea, good luck with that.

  25. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    You’d be sick if Sixers trade to get Wiggins lolololololol

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