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In an unnoticed development at last week’s trade deadline, the 76ers were still trying to trade up for a top pick in this draft, indicating a willingness to talk about Joel Embiid or any player on their team, an NBA source told Forbes.com. Yes, that’s the Joel Embiid they drafted No. 3 overall last spring, after compiling the worst record and seeing the Cavaliers and Bucks jump ahead of them in the lottery. In other words, after going 65-144 over the last two-plus seasons and parting with Jrue Holiday, Nikola Vucevic, Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young, Jodie Meeks, Spencer Hawes, Nick Young and Andre Iguodala, the 76ers don’t have an asset on the lot whom they’re committed to. Forbes.com

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While it's expected that the Sixers will sit Embiid all year, just like they did with Nerlens Noel (torn ACL) the season before, Brown insisted the only thing he knows is that Embiid won't be back until after the mid-February all-star game. “We're not prepared to give any further timeline right now,” said Brown before Wednesday night's game at the Wells Fargo Center. “I go right back to how we handled Nerlens. I think everybody's got to see how we're treating our guys and the risk involved when somebody is not 100 percent, especially with a man of (Embiid's) size.” The Intelligencer

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Sixers center Joel Embiid has denied that his weight has reached 300 pounds, as reported Sunday by The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't weigh that," Embiid said in passing at a D.C. hotel Sunday night with the Sixers in town to face the Wizards for a Martin Luther King Day matinee. CSNPhilly.com

A team source backed him up, stating that 275 pounds has been the maximum weight for the 7-footer whom the Sixers selected with the third overall pick in last year's draft. Embiid weighed 250 pounds while playing for Kansas last season, but while he's been recovering from a foot injury, his weight has been a concern. Head coach Brett Brown said earlier this month that it was being addressed. When Embiid was sent home from the team's West Coast trip a few weeks ago, Brown said it was so he could be part of a more "structured, stable environment." CSNPhilly.com

January 18, 2015 Updates

The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn't always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He's even blown off conditioning drills, one source added. Philadelphia Inquirer

"Obviously, you can see some of his immaturity [in] his tweets sometimes," Mbah a Moute said. "But you can also understand how mature he is in certain situations the way he handled himself. . . . He's a good kid, man. "At the end of the day, it's tough for him being in a situation where people can't really see who he is as a person." Philadelphia Inquirer

Derek Bodner: There were reports that Embiid was ~+50 lbs September. So the weight concern isn't new. He just needs to get it off. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

January 6, 2015 Updates

Boh Embiid and James were out of action injured, which gave them plenty of time to spend on social media if they so chose. LeBron stayed quiet, but Embiid did not: Joel-Hans Embiid: I told him to sign with us back in the summer and he didn't smh Philadelphia Inquirer

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He discovered Embiid in 2011 at a basketball camp in their homeland. Mbah a Moute has advised the 20-year-old ever since. “It’s kind of like a big-brother, younger-brother relationship,” Mbah a Moute said. “I’ve mentored him the last four years since I saw him back home and brought him over” to the United States to attend high school. “It’s been interesting to see him grow from a young kid back home to an NBA player.” Philadelphia Inquirer

December 28, 2014 Updates

Brown said Embiid's recovery is moving in the right direction. He added that the team believes that flying Embiid around the country might not be the smartest thing to do on the five-game West Coast trip. "So just bringing him back and settling him down and taking care of his body is in his interest," Brown said. Philadelphia Inquirer

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