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Report: Joel Embiid’s right foot isn’t insured by the Sixers


On Tuesday, Joel Embiid will have season-ending surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot. It will be his second surgery on that foot, the first coming shortly before the 2014 draft. Normally, when a player misses time, the league reimburses the team for 60 percent of the player’s salary. But if an injury is deemed pre-existing, that doesn’t apply. Apparently, concerns about Embiid’s right foot were bad enough that the Sixers aren’t going to be able to collect that insurance money.

From ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell:

The $9 million the Philadelphia 76ers ownership will have paid Joel Embiid in his first two years, without having ever played an NBA game, will come out of their pockets.

Although Embiid’s contract is insured, since it is among the five highest salaries on the team, sources say Embiid’s right foot was excluded from the policy because it was a pre-existing injury. Embiid first had surgery on the foot the week before last year’s NBA draft and was subsequently taken by the 76ers with the third pick.

That’s never a great sign. Amar’e Stoudemire’s five-year, $100 million deal with the Knicks from 2010 was famously uninsured against a knee injury, and those injury concerns were part of why Phoenix didn’t offer him a new five-year deal at the time. If Embiid ever gets healthy (and hopefully he does), the right foot is always going to be a red flag to teams thinking about signing or trading for him. And you never want a big man to have foot problems. Everything about Embiid’s situation is a huge bummer.

Report: Hawks agree to non-guaranteed deal with veteran guard Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson played just 51 games over the past three seasons, and didn’t play at all in 2013-14 due to injuries. But the 13-year veteran is going to get a chance to make the Hawks’ roster out of training camp, reports Yahoo’s Marc Spears:

Richardson, a career 37 percent three-point shooter, put together a solid career in Golden State, Charlotte, Phoenix and Orlando before being traded to the Sixers as part of the Andrew Bynum/Dwight Howard trade in 2012. He didn’t play much in Philadelphia, between his knee injuries and the team’s preference to give younger players minutes. But there’s no downside to giving him a training camp invite and seeing if he can help the Hawks. Richardson is 34 years old, has made over $100 million in his career and has battled serious injuries in recent years, so it’s good to see that he’s still motivated to make a team. He’d have every right to decide to hang it up, but he still feels he has something to prove.

Report: Joel Embiid’s foot surgery set for Tuesday

Joel Embiid

Since the report last month that he would need a second consecutive season-ending foot surgery, the particulars of Joel Embiid’s procedure have been something of a mystery. The report that he would need the surgery surfaced over a month ago, and there’s been no concrete developments since then — until now. In making a note about Embiid attending a Sixers assistant’s wedding, Yahoo’s Marc Spears points out that the 21-year-old center’s surgery now has a date: Tuesday.

It’s good that there’s a date on it now. Once Embiid has the surgery, he can start rehab and we’ll get a clearer (not clear, but clearer) idea of his long-term health. So that’s good.

Still, everything about Embiid’s situation just sucks. The Sixers took him with the No. 3 pick in 2014, but he was on track to be the first overall pick before the foot fracture was discovered. He’s that kind of talent. Unfortunately, one of the worst injuries a big man can have is a foot fracture. Those have a tendency to come back, given his size and how much weight he has to put on the foot. It’s already wiped out his first two full seasons in the NBA, and there’s no telling when he’ll be able to play. Hopefully these injuries are just a blip in what turns out to be a long, successful career, but there’s not a lot of reason to be optimistic about that right now.

Ten must-watch games from new NBA schedule

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

It’s the reason broadcast networks are paying ungodly sums of cash to secure rights to leagues like the NBA — you need to watch live. This isn’t Top Chef where you can set the DVR and then watch it later in the week, when it comes to sporting events you need to carve out the time to watch the games.

But what games are good enough you tell your girlfriend you have to work late that night, and then head to the bar with your buddies to watch because you don’t want to miss them? (Remember, do not post pictures of yourself at said bar to social media that night.)

That’s why we’re here. The following are 10 games you do not want to miss this coming season.

• Oct. 27, New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors: The championship banner is going up at Oracle Arena, the first title for the Golden State franchise since before Led Zeppelin broke up. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the entire Warriors band are back to defend the title. Well done by the NBA to set the Pelicans as the opponent — their new coach is Alvin Gentry, who last season masterminded the Warriors’ offense. Also, Golden State swept New Orleans out of the first round of the playoffs, but this is going to be a better Pelicans team.

• Oct. 28, San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder: I can sum up why to watch this game in five words — how does Kevin Durant look? The former MVP battled foot injuries last season but is back and expected to be ready opening night. While you’re at it, see how LaMarcus Aldridge looks in Spurs black and gray. 

• Nov. 11, San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers: There was only one big time free agent that switched teams last season — Aldridge, who jumped from Portland to San Antonio, where he teams up with and becomes the heir apparent to Tim Duncan. But he’s got to go back to Portland some time, and that is Nov. 11. How will Blazers fans treat Aldridge? You can be sure Damian Lillard will be pumped up to get the win.

• Nov. 11, Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks: I know how Mavericks fans are going to treat DeAndre Jordan, who first said he would come there as a free agent then changed his mind. The Clippers were already one of the more hated teams by many fans around the league, this just played right into that narrative.

• Nov. 23, Philadephia 76ers at Minnesota Timberwolves: Who did you think should go No. 1 last draft, Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor? Flip Saunders had the only vote that counted and he cast it for Towns, and while that may be the right call long term (I think it will be) Okafor will be the better rookie. Watch these two young bigs go head-to-head (on League Pass because the Sixers are not on national television once this season).

• Nov. 30, Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics: There has been no better rivalry in NBA history than the Celtics and Lakers, and Kobe Bryant has added to that with a must-watch Finals series. Kobe very well may walk away from the NBA after the season, and if so this will be his final game in the Boston Garden. That will be emotional.

• Dec. 23, Dallas Mavericks at Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams returns to Brooklyn. The Nets paid a lot of money for him to turn their franchise around in a Chris Paul kind of way, and they did not get their money’s worth. So they just paid him to go away. Now he returns, and he should not expect a love-in from Nets fans.

• Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors: Were you not entertained by the NBA Finals? It had Stephen Curry and LeBron James, and that helped draw the biggest NBA television ratings since the Jordan era. The NBA puts its biggest stars on its biggest stages, and this is that. The difference is this time LeBron has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love healthy.

• Jan. 18, Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets: The Clippers were up 3-1 on the Rockets in the second round of the playoffs, and were in total control of Game 5. And then the wheels came off. The Rockets played better, the Clippers looked exhausted (worn down by an epic series with the Spurs the round before), and Houston came back to take it. This eats at Chris Paul like you would not believe. Clippers/Rockets is becoming a real rivalry and all their meetings this season will be entertaining.

• April 13, Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers: Is this Kobe’s final game? It will be the last game of the season for the Lakers (who are unlikely to make the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference). Kobe does not know right now, and there’s a chance he may not know when this game tips off, or at least not be saying publicly. But this game could be the end of one of the great careers in NBA history, and that is as must watch as it gets.

Report: Joel Embiid scheduled to undergo foot surgery “in the near future”

Joel Embiid

All we know about Joel Embiid is that he’s not going to play for the Sixers this season. Beyond that, details of when he’s going to undergo surgery on his right foot and what his rehab timeline will be like are fuzzy at best. But the surgery is going to happen soon, according to a new report from John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com, who also says that Embiid has reached out to Kevin Durant for advice on dealing with the foot surgery:

Joel Embiid has not yet undergone a second surgery on his right foot, sources close to the situation told CSNPhilly.com, however, that procedure is still scheduled to take place and Embiid is still expected to miss the upcoming 2015-16 season.

The source said Embiid also reached out to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. The Thunder star underwent a bone graft on his right foot in late March. That surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, home to one of at least 12 doctors the Sixers and Embiid have so far consulted about Embiid’s hyper-complicated situation.

When asked whether the surgery would occur in the next week to two weeks, once source would only say that it would happen “in the near future.” When asked whether Embiid was having second thoughts about the procedure, a second source said, no, he is not second-guessing it. A Sixers spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

This whole situation is just a bummer for the Sixers, and especially for Embiid. The former No. 3 overall pick didn’t play in his rookie season, and now he’s going to have to miss another full year with another surgery on the same foot.