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Report: Sixers receive Joel Embiid’s medical records

Jun 25, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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One of the more interesting things to watch during Thursday’s NBA Draft will be just how far Joel Embiid falls.

Embiid was projected to be the number one overall pick, before a foot injury that required surgery has the top two teams in Cleveland and Milwaukee reportedly ruling him out of consideration.

But the Sixers, at three, may not let him fall any farther.

From Dei Lynam of

According to’s Chad Ford in a podcast with Bill Simmons posted Tuesday afternoon, only Cleveland and Milwaukee had been given Embiid’s medical information.

Later Tuesday afternoon, an NBA source confirmed to that the Sixers are also among the teams that have Embiid’s medical records.

The Sixers are reportedly interested in taking Embiid with the No. 3 pick despite his injury problems. They have a second lottery pick at No. 10.

Philadelphia, heading into year two of a self-proclaimed three-five year rebuild, would have no problem selecting Embiid if they believe he’s the best player available, even if he can’t contribute much this season. The team sat last year’s sixth overall pick Nerlens Noel for the entire year, even though he probably could have played a bit during the season’s last couple of months.

The Sixers have seven total picks in this year’s draft, so expect them to be active leading up to and during Thursday night’s main event.


  1. areyesrn - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    they pretty much have to get him, right?

  2. rrhoe - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Soooo,this will be the second straight year that the Sixers will select the “defacto” number 1 pick. Don’t know it that’s good or bad…..

  3. sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Not a surprise. The Sixers have said from the jump, they wanted to take the guy with the highest upside. If Wiggins isn’t there, it’s clear the guy with the highest ceiling is Embiid, even if they have to wait a year on him.

    I’m still not high on the pick, not because of Embiid specifically, but because I don’t see how him and Noel play together

    • jerze2387 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      yeah, that whole “twin towers” approach didnt work out for san antonio when they tried it.

      Noel and Joel could lock up the front court for years to come

      • sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        A, that was 20 years ago, the league is different
        B, the dynasty that the Spurs became was not because of any “twin towers”, Robinson retired with a single ring (which they only won because the Knicks somehow made it through the east with Spreewell and Houston)
        C, The comparison doesn’t work since even coming out of college, Duncan was a polished post player with a plethora of moves, and Robinson was already a vet. Embiid and Noel are both projects without much of a post game yet

        The Spurs were the exception, not the rule, in a different league

  4. geejon - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I don’t buy it. Probably a smokescreen.

    After what Philly went thru with Bynum 2 years ago, they still accepted the Noel situation because they believed it was a one-time freak injury and they’d be better for it starting this year. To now put your faith in yet another injured big-man … that’s asking A LOT. Embiid has already had several issues. With the talent available at #3 it makes no sense to take such a gamble, especially because it’s not such a need position right now with Noel ready to go.

  5. metalhead65 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    smart move on their part. I mean nothing says championship team than selecting ijured players who won’t be able to help you for a year then be a injury risk for the rest of their careers right? ask portland how that has worked out in past years. do the names Bowie and Oden sound familiar? how did that work out for them?

  6. psubeerman21 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    This is a game they are playing with Cleveland. Cleveland wants embeid, even after his injury. Now Cleveland thinks they can get him later, like at 4, 5, or 6, hence the rumored trades with those teams. The sixer’s still want Wiggins. This is the sixer’s way of telling Cleveland that if they want their guy, they have to deal with the sixers. Otherwise they don’t get him. Sixers won’t take embied or exum. They can’t mortage another year and they already have an exum like player in mcw. Most of the nonsense that is coming out now is just lies.

    • thatsjustchipper - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Exum projects as a two. If not Embiid, they’re taking him and pairing him with a shooter at 10, hopefully.

      • psubeerman21 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        There is no way exum is a two. He can’t shoot the ball. Exum is a point with good size. Just like mcw. If you want to see the worst shooting, inefficient backcourt in NBA history, root for the Sixer’s to take exum. It would be fun to watch defensively, though

  7. tmatic74 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    If your a Sixers fan and don’t want Embiid you simply don’t understand basketball. If you don’t like the idea of Noel and Embiid you don’t understand how championships are won. If you think there is another player in this draft who has more potential to help you win a championship you don’t understand the game and it’s history.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      If you’re any fan and don’t want an 18 year old who missed time with a bad back (AT 18 YEARS OLD) and now he has an injury that made other retire within 2 years of getting it you simply don’t understand ….. well anything I guess. He will get bigger and older all while putting more and more weight on his already bad back and broken foot.

  8. ravenswhat - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I truly believe the sixers have had him at the spot for mths despite all of their smoke screen efforts. This is a dream scenario. With him and Noel they have 2 elite rim protectors.

  9. udkidd - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    As a Sixers fan I want Wiggins. Well, that doesn’t look like its going to happen. Depending on other trades I could pick him and hope for Noel to improve (or should have will all year to practice last year) his offense. Not too sure on Exum, however our coach has been watching him for years in Australia. If he takes Embiid over Exum what does that really say?

  10. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Went from thinking we’re getting Wiggins/Parker to Andrew Bynum 2 or Exum who hasn’t played any serious competition. What’s not to love about being a Sixers fan?

  11. jbink2585 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Andre Drummond had the same back injury, he is fine healed and is as good as new. Embid foot injury a lot more concerning but Id have no problem with taking him at 3. These picks are all a crap shoot anyway. Ideally I want wiggans, but to have to settle on Embid I have no problems. Its a big if, but Noel Embid at 4 and 5 healthy is scary and daunting.

  12. tmatic74 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Scared money don’t make none. Any player picked can get hurt at any given moment. Do you want the Benz with a fender bender or the brand new Kia?

  13. j0esixpack - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    They could add Yao Ming for a lot less

  14. thatsjustchipper - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    If not Exum or Embiid then who the hell do they take? They’re not getting the 1 from the Cavs. No way they’d take the 3, 10, and Thad for it. It’s a two player draft now and the Sixers got screwed. Now we just have to deal with it

  15. Cortez>Sapp - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I thinkthe Sixers are trying to bait someone like BOS or ORL to jump to #2 to take Embiid so they can have either Parker or Wiggins. Then try to package Thad and the #10 pick to get Julius Randle.

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