Philadelphia 76’s Lose Center Joel Embiid to Injuries In Upcoming Season; Team Out Of Pocket for $9 Million Contract
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is going to miss the upcoming NBA season due to complications in the injury of his right leg. Embiid, No 3 in 2014’s NBA draft, will undergo surgery for a bone graft on Tuesday. Read on to find out more.
Joel Embiid, who was recruited by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, already missed his rookie season due to a stress fracture in his right foot, had to undergo a surgery on his broken navicular bone in June 2014. Now Yahoo Sports is reporting that Embiid needs a second surgery, and is likely to miss this season too. The team announced that Embiid is to go under the surgeon’s knife on Tuesday for a bone-graft procedure.
The 76ers management are to pay Embiid’s $9 million contract out of their own pockets, since Embiid’s insurance does not cover his right foot, due to his pre-existing injury. So far, Embiid is yet to play a game for the team. But if all goes well, the 21-year-old center will return for the 2016 NBA season, ESPN is reporting.
The Cameroonian-born Embiid had a fantastic season at University of Kansas in 2014, where he received the “Big 12 Defensive Player of The Year” award. Forgoing the three remaining years of college, Embiid joined the NBA draft in 2014, but has been laid out due to unfortunate injuries ever since.
In the mean time, Philadelphia is not out of options as the team has three other centers on its roster in rookie Jahlil Okafor,Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims. The 76ers had a spotty season in 2014, and were almost made a record with 17 straight losses. We hope their fortunes pick up this season, or the next one, when Embiid returns.
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