CSN Philly's Dei Lynam reports the Sixers have received NBA draft prospect Joel Embiid's health record. The records are being controlled by his agent, Art Tellum, to attempt to dictate where Embiid will be drafted.
There were questions about Embiid's health entering the NBA draft as he missed time at the end of the Kansas Jayhawks' season with a back injury. Kansas coach Bill Self said Embiid was healthy. That was until last Thursday when news broke that Embiid had broken his foot that required surgery on Friday. His expected timetable for recovery is four to six months.
The injury destroyed Embiid's draft stock and increased Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins' stock much to the dismay of Sixers fans who had hoped Wiggins would fall to the Sixers at No. 3. The Milwaukee Bucks' co-owner Marc Lasry already stated the Bucks won't select Embiid because of injury concerns.
The Sixers are so secretive about their draft plans so it makes it nearly impossible to guess who they are after and how they plan to build their team. Is their interest in Embiid legitimate? I would assume so. Despite having Nerlens Noel already on the roster, when someone gets compared to Hakeem Olajuwon, you have to take a long, hard look despite injuries.
Embiid, 20, stands a solid seven foot and weighs in at 250 lbs. During his freshman season at Kansas last year, he averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while averaging 23.2 minutes for the Jayhawks.
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