By Dylan MacKinnon
Joel Embiid has undergone successful surgery to repair his right thumb, which he injured vs the Raptors in the playoffs. He also had a procedure to repair an injury to his left index finger. The orbital bone fracture he suffered in Game 6 vs the Raptors will not require surgery. He is expected to be ready to play again in time for training camp.
76ers’ Joel Embiid underwent surgery Monday to repair his right thumb injury, per the team, and he also had a procedure to repair an injury to his left index finger. Neither procedure is expected to impact Embiid’s availability for training camp.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 31, 2022
Embiid has been no stranger to playing through injuries in the playoffs. He played through a meniscus tear last season vs the Wizards and the Hawks. Two years before that, he dealt with an illness throughout the Raptors season. And before that, he played through an orbital fracture vs the Celtics and Heat. His injury luck has been poor. But to his credit, he played through it every time.
The good news is he will miss no time, not even before the season. After the disappointing end of the year, and missing out on MVP and First Team ALL-NBA again, he will certainly feel like he has a lot to play for next season. What the team around him remains to be seen. We know Doc Rivers will be back. James Harden will likely be back. But beyond that, anything could happen. There are rumors the Sixers could move Tobias Harris. And while it feels unlikely, even Tyrese Maxey could be moved if the Sixers feel like they get the right piece back. The one thing we do know is Embiid will once again play his heart out to try and get this city a parade.