The former Kansas Jayhawks standout has yet to play his first pro game after being drafted third overall in the 2014 National Basketball Association Draft following his pre-draft surgery last year to fix a stress fracture in his right foot.
The surgery will again be on Embiid’s right foot and will involve a bone graft procedure, Yahoo! reported. The Sixers announced in July that Embiid needed a second surgery after a routine Connecticut scan in June revealed less healing than anticipated.
However, the issue has not managed to clear up over the past year, resulting in Embiid having to undergo a further procedure to fix the problem, reports Yahoo Sports.
Philadelphia could have received 60 percent back (approximately $5.4 million) from the league if his injury had occurred after he joined the team.
In the mean time, Philadelphia is not out of options as the team has three other centers on its roster in rookie Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims. It seems like there would be no space left for Embiid even if he comes back healthy next year.
The 76ers management are to pay Embiid’s $9 million contract out of their own pockets, since Embiid’s insurance does not cover his right foot, due to his pre-existing injury.