PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 2015 NBA Draft is less than two weeks away, but before the Sixers add the next piece to their rebuilding franchise, last year’s 3rd overall pick has suffered yet another setback .
According to a statement released by the team, Joel Embiid’s health is not improving as quickly as they were hoping.
General Manager Sam Hinkie had this to say in a statement:
“As part of the conservative approach focused on the long-term health, recovery and care of Joel, we have been closely monitoring his progress, regularly evaluating his status and adjusting our plans accordingly.
“Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process. During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point.
“Our priority remains providing Joel with every opportunity to ensure he has a long and successful NBA career, and as such, these findings cause us to pause and reassess his current activities. Together with Joel and his representatives, we will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluations, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists.
“Discussions regarding the appropriate next steps are currently ongoing and we will share an update once it becomes available.”
Embiid missed all of last season while recovering from his injuries.