Ben Simmons undergoes minor procedure

Ben Simmons undergoes minor procedure

He's averaging a remarkable 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in just 25.4 minutes, but even the team's careful monitoring of his health this season couldn't prevent this setback. The Sixers did not reveal Embiid was suffering from a meniscus tear until February 13th.

The 20-year-old, seen as the key figure of the Sixers' rebuilding plans, has not appeared in a regular-season game.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, missed his first two seasons while recovering from foot surgery.

Ben Simmons has undergone a further procedure on his right foot as the Australian No.1 draft pick tries to make it back to the practice court.

The 76ers have ruled Embiid out indefinitely.

More news: Hawks acquire Ersan Ilyasova from 76ers for Tiago Splitter

Joel Embiid won't hit his target return date of Friday night against the Knicks.

Embiid has missed 14 of Philly's last 15 games with the knee ailment, which initially was thought to be a minor injury.

The Sixers said Simmons "is likely to resume normal training by the end of the week".

Philadelphia remains at least one season away from being a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference, but with a 9-18 record when Embiid doesn't play in 2016-17, being competitive will be a major challenge for as long as he is on the shelf.

After playing 22 minutes on January 20 against Portland, Embiid had an MRI on his knee which revealed swelling.

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