April 15, 2024

76ers’ Joel Embiid nearing return, perhaps as soon as Tuesday: Sources

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid is closing in on a comeback, possibly as soon as Tuesday’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell The Athletic.

Embiid has been sidelined since Jan. 30, when the Golden State Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga inadvertently fell on his leg, just below the knee. Embiid had surgery on the lateral meniscus in his left knee in early February, and The Athletic reported that the center could be sidelined for up to two months, based on his rehab and recovery.

Embiid and the 76ers are still working to finalize his return date, but it is believed to be any day now. The reigning NBA MVP has completed multiple five-on-five scrimmages at practice in recent days, league sources said.

The 76ers have seven games left in the regular season, including four this week: Tuesday against the Thunder, Thursday in Miami, Saturday in Memphis and Sunday in San Antonio.

76ers coach Nick Nurse said last week that the team was optimistic about Embiid returning to action before the regular season ends.

Embiid was in the midst of a historic season before his absence, averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 34 games.

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