Joel Embiid, the NBA draft prospect who many say will be picked No. 1 overall, has hurt his foot.
Embiid, a 7’0″ center out of Kansas, suffered an injury to his right foot.
The injury happened “sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”
A source added that Embiid may have broken his foot.
Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury but said that Embiid wouldn’t be doing any more workouts before the June 26 draft.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Embiid’s mentor, also was not certain as to the extent of the injury. “I just heard he got hurt,” said Mbah a Moute, who is overseas.
The injury will probably shake up the draft order, as the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has the No. 1 pick, now want to work out Dante Exum for the spot. Exum was previously projected to go no higher than No. 3, and as low as No. 5.
Embiid had been running in recent days without issue, sources added to Yahoo. Cleveland doctors discovered right foot injury in exams and passed info onto Embiid reps, though the injury didn’t happen in the workout for the Cavs.
Embiid is consulting with orthopedist Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles.
A determination on whether the injury is a fracture and whether a surgery needs to be done is expected soon.
Embiid has a troubling injury history, including injuries to his knee, back, and foot. The back injury had led some to believe that Embiid would not be chosen No. 1.