Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) during the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Joel Embiid Suffers Foot Injury

One week before the NBA Draft, a lot of speculation on where players might end up comes about. After the news that broke on Thursday morning, there is sure to be even more speculation surrounding that topic.


As if Embiid didn’t have enough problems with GM’s being worried about his back issues, now he has a foot issue that will scare GM’s even more.

Embiid was scheduled to workout for the Milwaukee Bucks later this week, but his agent, Arn Tellem, told the team that he would not be making the trip. Embiid’s agent had this to say to ESPN’s Andy Katz regarding the injury.

He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days. He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.

The news on Embiid’s foot issue, to go along with the concerns on his back, change the outlook of the top of the draft dramatically. Embiid has been rumored to go number one overall. However, the concern on his back has caused some teams to think about passing on him. Now with the foot issue, it could cause him to slip even farther down the board. One source told ESPN that they believe the foot is broken.

Adrian Wojnarowski has now reported that due to the injury concern of the foot and back, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the number one overall pick, are wanting to bring in Dante Exum for a workout.

If Embiid falls down the board, expect guys like Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh, and Marcus Smart to climb up the board. Vonleh has been rumored to possibly being a top three pick, but it looked like a long shot. Now teams may look harder at Vonleh in the top three with the injury concerns of Embiid.

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