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Joel Embiid injures foot, it might be broken

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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Just a week before the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid has suffered a foot injury, via ESPN.com:

Joel Embiid, considered the front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, has suffered a right foot injury, his agent and his mentor both confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.

"He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,'' agent Arn Tellem told ESPN's Andy Katz by phone Thursday. "He's getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We'll know more Friday.''

One source told ESPN.com that Embiid "may have broken" his foot, but Tellem wouldn't speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he had heard back from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely he would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.

Luc Mbah a Moute, Embiid's mentor, also was not certain as to the extent of the injury.

"I just heard he got hurt," said Mbah a Moute, who is overseas.

A source confirmed the injury to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. This is bad news and awful timing for Embiid, as it looked like he had a good chance of being the No. 1 pick. He had worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the pick, and the medical tests he did for them reportedly showed no reason for concern. He had missed time at the tail end of the Kansas Jayhawks' season because of a back injury.

If it turns out this is serious, and the Cavaliers no longer consider him at No. 1, this could shake up the draft -- and even the trade market -- in a big way.

It's a wild, unfortunate situation so close to June 26. All the teams can do right now is wait and see the severity of it.

Joel Embiid might wind up sliding in next week's draft.
Joel Embiid might wind up sliding in next week's draft. (USATSI)

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