Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – In a development that could greatly affect his chances to be picked No. 1 overall in the NBA draft, Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and will undergo surgery Friday.
“Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot,” said Arn Tellem, Embiid’s agent. “He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow. Joel will be unable to participate in any additional workouts, and will not attend the draft in New York.”
Tellem said Embiid’s camp will have no further comment until after the operation of the injury that the 7-foot native of Cameroon suffered sometime over the last few days. The draft will take place on June 26.
Embiid was scheduled to work out for Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the second overall pick, later this week.
Embiid was already dealing with health questions regarding his back, which forced him to miss the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.
He worked out earlier this month for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and sources said he fared well and that the medical testing also came back without much concern.
Embiid also participated in a one-on-none workout in front of NBA teams in Santa Monica, California. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season as a freshman at Kansas.
Cleveland could also opt to select Duke freshman Jabari Parker or Kansas wing Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick.