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“Sixers Notes: Deadline Approach, Embiid, Maxey, Harris, Drummond.”

Jan 25, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

As Joel Embiid faces an upcoming surgery for a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, Sixers coach Nick Nurse shares insights into the emotional journey of the reigning Most Valuable Player. According to Nurse, Embiid is navigating a mix of emotions, with moments of optimism and natural concerns about the recovery process.

The surgical intervention, aimed at addressing the tear, will determine the duration of Embiid’s absence. However, a definite timetable is still uncertain. Nurse acknowledges the challenging moments that Embiid is going through, contemplating potential outcomes and the path to recovery. Despite the uncertainties, Nurse notes Embiid’s positive outlook and determination to come back stronger.

Other updates on the Sixers include:


1. Embiid is expected to be sidelined for at least one to two months, even under the most favorable post-surgery scenario, according to Shams Charania’s report on the Run It Back FanDuel show.

2. With Embiid out, the team is restructuring responsibilities. Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris will take on more significant roles, while players like Paul Reed and Mohamed Bamba are tasked with anchoring the team in Embiid’s absence.

3. There’s speculation about a potential reunion with Andre Drummond, the Bulls’ backup center, considering his prior role as Embiid’s backup during the 2021/22 season.

4. The article delves into various trade targets, exploring the Sixers’ available expiring contracts and draft assets. It provides insights into potential moves leading up to the impending trade deadline on Thursday.

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