Latest News, NBA Draft / Jun 19, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Update: Joel Embiid Suffers Stress Fracture In Right Foot

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

UPDATE: According to Yahoo! Sports, the previously reported injury to Joel Embiid is a stress fracture in his right foot. He is having surgery on Friday and his recovery period will become more clear once he’s had the operation.

As previously mentioned, Embiid will be unable to conduct additional workouts and will miss next week’s draft in New York.

Here’s more from Woj at Yahoo:

The stress fracture is in the navicular bone of the Kansas center’s right foot.

“Joel will be unable to participate in any additional workouts and will not attend the draft in New York,” Tellem said.


Embiid, the projected No. 1 overall pick, consulted with renowned orthopedist Dr. Richard Ferkel on the injury, which sources believe happened over a week ago. Along with a back injury that caused Embiid to miss the last six games during his one college season, it becomes increasingly unlikely that Embiid will still be Cleveland’s choice as the No. 1 overall pick.

On that last point, Wojnarowski added that the Cavs would now work out Dante Exum before next Thursday’s draft:


Conflicting reports surfacing from Cleveland last week regarding Joel Embiid’s health evaluation could become an afterthought after the latest on the 7-foot native of the Cameroon could confirm Embiid has suffered a right foot injury. While it is not yet known how the No. 1 hopeful in this year’s draft may have hurt his foot, his agent Arn Tellem confirmed to ESPN that his client did indeed suffer a foot injury.


He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”

The injury was also confirmed by Embiid’s mentor Luc Mbah a Moute of the Minnesota Timberwolves who said that he, “Just heard he got hurt” while another anonymous source was less optimistic than Embiid’s agent, saying, “He may have broken it.”

The Kansas product was expected to participate in his next workout with the Milwaukee Bucks but will likely not be taking part in that, or any other workouts before the 2014 Draft, according to Tellem. If his foot is proven to be broken, expect Embiid to slip a few spots in the draft as GM’s across the league will be weary of another injury-prone big man.


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  • 2cents

    I love conspiracies, so listen to what I just put together after reading this news the last few days. Cleveland wants to trade the 1st pick to Philadelpia for the 3rd plus assets, but still want Embiid. They tell him to make out like he has a broken foot, so he doesn’t work out for Bucks. 76ers draft Wiggins, Bucks draft Parker and then Cleveland takes Embiid and he makes an Ibaka-like miraculous recovery in the weeks after the draft.

    Ahhhh, the NBA has become so transparent…

  • spencer

    This is hysterical, if only because so many people will believe it — also bonus points for the Ibaka reference.

  • jtrain23

    I would stay away….far away from Embiid. He might be a great pro, but if he already ailing, time will not be on his side at his size. Get a pure scorer in Parker, or the through the roof potential of Wiggins. Cleveland cannot survive a Greg Oden pick with the 1st overall. Any other team might take the risk, but if it doesn’t work, it will sink their organization and assure they are this generation’s Clippers.

  • 2cents

    Ahhhh, now the plot thickens with the “surgery” information supplied today ;-)