NBA Rumors: Joel Embiid has been cleared to start scrimmaging


The long road to recovery for Joel Embiid has taken a pretty positive turn, as he’s now allowed to start scrimmaging

Joel Embiid actually playing an NBA game for the Philadelphia 76ers is sort of like a unicorn appearing in front of you. You fear it may never exist, but in your mind you know that if it does happen it will most likely be pretty awesome. Well, we might be closer to seeing the former Kansas star actually step onto the court in an NBA regular season setting.

According to a new report from The Vertical, Embiid has recently been cleared to start taking part in scrimmages in five-on-five settings, which all joking aside is a huge step in the right direction for the young man that was once considered one of the promising young stars on the rise.

Back in 2014, the 76ers selected Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick, even though in the back of their minds they knew that might not have him for some time. Those worst fears were realized, as Embiid has dealt with endless nagging foot problems and surgeries that have left him on the sidelines just watching, having yet to join the team on the court. But with this news, it seems we’re nearing the time where we see how much Embiid actually can contribute to the Sixers when the new season hits in a few months.

In his only season for Kansas back in 2013-14, Embiid showed a lot of promise with his versatility down low for Bill Self’s program, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 28 contests, while also dealing with injury then as well.

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