During an interview with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo on Wednesday, I wondered how the uncertainty of Embiid’s situation factors into the team’s plans in a draft in which they could have two picks in the top 4. “It’s a great question,” he said. “There is some difficulty there. We’re not sure what to expect. Also there’s the topic of compatibility of parts. The question is: how have Nerlens (Noel) and Jahlil (Okafor) meshed so far? We’ve thought about how it might look with Joel (in the mix).”
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Colangelo hasn’t ruled out Embiid playing summer league ball in July, which would be 11 months after his second straight season-ending right foot surgery. “It’s an evolving process,” Colangelo said. “We hope to get to the point where we get him healthy, ready and prepared to play basketball. At some point, people will be very happy to see him in a uniform. I do not want to try to speed that up. I can tell you he’s been handled the right way, based on what I can tell. It seems like he’s moving in the right direction every day. The good news is he’s in Philadelphia and we can have daily contact. He’s got a very regimented, planned-out schedule.”
Storyline: Joel Embiid Injury
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As for Saric, there are reports that he and his father prefer that he joins the Sixers this summer. A European basketball insider, citing a source, said Sunday that Saric “told his teammates he intends to leave Europe for Sixers this offseason.” Saric has a buyout clause in his three-year contract with Anadolu Efes in Turkey that he could exercise after his season ends there in May. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to speculate and fuel more media reports,” Colangelo said. “I don’t know what to make of it other than our conversations with Dario and his agents.”
Storyline: Dario Saric to Sixers?