76ers forward Joel Embiid underwent successful knee surgery and will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks.

76ers forward Joel Embiid underwent successful knee surgery and will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Joel Embiid announced Tuesday that he underwent successful surgery on the lateral meniscus in his left knee. Embiid will be re-evaluated in four weeks, league sources say The athleteEmbiid could be sidelined for up to two months, depending on his rehab and recovery, the team’s Shams Charania said.

League sources said Embiid’s surgery addressed a displaced flap in his meniscus, and he will be sidelined for an extended period. The athlete Sunday. A displaced flap is a type of meniscus tear, according to orthopedic knee specialists.

The league’s reigning MVP began dealing with what was described as “pain” and “swelling” in his left knee in early January and missed three games earlier in the month with the injury. The athlete I previously reported that Embiid has been dealing with soreness in his knee for most of the season.

Embiid injured his knee in the fourth quarter of the 76ers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors last week, when Jonathan Kuminga landed on his left leg, just below the knee. Embiid is the league’s leading scorer averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. From November 17 to January 25, he scored 30 or more points in 22 straight games, the fifth-longest stretch in league history.

The importance of Embiid’s absence

This is a huge blow for Philadelphia and for Embiid. His knee injury ruined what was a historic season for the two-time scoring champion. Embiid’s numbers were tremendous, and he was truly dominant. He might have won his second straight MVP award if he stayed healthy.

Embiid will likely miss his 18th game of the season at some point during his upcoming absence, making him ineligible for the MVP and other honors and the All-NBA team. He’s dealt with so many injury issues throughout his career that it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him as he sees another injury cut short this season, even if he could return at some point.

This is a big blow for the 76ers as well. They had developed into one of the best teams in the East before Embiid’s injury, even after the whole James Harden affair earlier in the season. And now everything is blurry. They have the fifth-best record in the East and have been on the decline.

Team president Daryl Morey has a few days before the trade deadline to figure out how to proceed. They have cap space coming in the summer – can they cash in on the contracts that will get them there to somehow improve the squad for the rest of this season? They received additional draft assets in the Harden deal — will they use them to help the current roster if and when Embiid returns?

There are a lot of questions now that weren’t for the 76ers a week ago. -Mike Vorkunov, National Basketball Business Reporter

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