The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that Joel Embiid will miss the remainder of the season, after MRI showed the meniscus tear in his left knee is more pronounced.
Embiid has not played since January 27, dealing with swelling and soreness in his left knee. However, the area affected by his bone bruise has improved significantly.
The No. 3 overall pick in 2014 has played just 31 games this season after missing his first two seasons due to foot surgery.
Embiid has an average of 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the 2016-17 season. He also has nine double-doubles and is 37% from beyond the arc.
“Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on the basketball court,” Sixers president Bryan Colangelo said. “As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of Joel’s injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available.”