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Could Joel Embiid Miss Part of the 2016-17 Season?

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid underwent a second surgery on his right foot this week, and Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie put a five-to-eight month timetable on Embiid’s return, although he’s expected to miss the entire 2015-16 season no matter what. But could Embiid miss some of the 2016-17 season as well?

The answer is yes, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer (h/t to ProBasketballTalk):

Talking to my sources, they want to see him return around October – not this October, but the next October, for that season. And he may not even return for the start of that season. He may miss a couple games. But that’s their goal.

It makes sense that Embiid will miss the entire 2015-16 season. Considering all the problems he’s had with his foot, he and the team should be as cautious as possible during this rehab so there aren’t any more setbacks.

But if Embiid isn’t ready to go for the 2016-17 season, which is 14 months away, that would be a bad sign. It’s one thing to be cautious, but it’s a major red flag if healing takes that much longer than the normal timetable.

The start of the 2016-17 season is obviously a ways away, and hopefully Embiid’s recovery goes smoothly so he can be ready when that time comes.

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