Sixers’ Joel Embiid has torn ligaments in hand, evaluating treatment options
The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that star big man Joel Embiid has a torn radial collateral ligament in the fourth metacarpal in his left hand. The Sixers center suffered the injury on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There is still no timetable for Embiid’s return to the court. The All-Star continues to consult with doctors about his next step:
The Sixers say Joel Embiid has a torn radial collateral ligament in the fourth metacarpal in his left hand. There is still no timetable for his return. He continues to consult with doctors about next steps.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 9, 2020
The Sixers are 24-14 on the season. They are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
In 31 games this season, Joel Embiid is averaging 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He’s shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sixers will be in the market for “perimeter shooting threats with playmaking ability,” according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Philly might be more aggressive in its trade talks now that it looks like Embiid is going to be out for the foreseeable future.
The two best players in Philly are Embiid and Ben Simmons, two guys who do all of their damage at the basket. Philly is clearly missing shooting guard JJ Redick this season. The sharpshooter left the team in free agency this past summer to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans.