Would the Sixers force Embiid to sit out a season?

Would the Sixers force Embiid to sit out a season?
June 23, 2014, 11:45 am
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Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his back during the NCAA basketball season and suffered a broken foot last week. (USA Today Images)

Could the Sixers go through a second straight season with a lottery pick that doesn’t play a minute?

Perhaps the team is leaning that way.

According to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News, the Sixers would be willing to draft Kansas big man Joel Embiid should he drop to the No. 3 selection.

Of course there is a lot of misdirection and planting of stories this time of year with the draft set for Thursday, so who knows what the Sixers actually will do. The team has been linked to Australian point guard Dante Exum and had super secretive workouts with Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins. Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks' co-owner Marc Lasry revealed that his team would not select Embiid with the No. 1 overall pick.

With Embiid, regarded by some as the most talented player in the draft, the Sixers could take on a host of medical issues. After all, Embiid missed the end of his collegiate season with a stress fracture in his back. Last week it was revealed that Embiid had a stress fracture in his foot and underwent surgery to fix it.

Chances are Embiid would be recovered in time to play most of the season if he were drafted by the Sixers, however, Nerlens Noel was healthy enough to play for much of the second half of the 2013-14 season after ACL surgery, but the Sixers held him out anyway.

Would they do it again?

Obviously, with a broken foot Embiid isn’t going to show up in Philadelphia for a Wiggins-like covert workout under a blanket of police protection at the Sixers’ fortified compound at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. But with Embiid’s acknowledged upside and talent and the fact that the Sixers aren’t going to win an NBA title in 2014-15, would they force another player to sit out for an entire season?

There’s no telling what the Sixers will do these days.

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