Report: 76ers C Joel Embiid considering meniscus procedure

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid is considering a surgical procedure on his injured left knee, The Athletic reported Saturday.

According to the report, Embiid has a meniscus tear specifically identified as a displaced flap.

Rest and rehab also are under consideration instead of the procedure. Surgery would require the reigning MVP to sit out an extended time.

A decision on how to proceed likely will be made by Monday.

Embiid, 29, was on pace to lead the league in scoring for the third straight season. He was averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.8 blocks but played in just 34 of Philadelphia’s 47 games while dealing with injuries.

As part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, players must play a minimum of 65 regular-season games in order to be eligible for certain awards, including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and the All-NBA teams.

Embiid missed games at Denver and Portland before returning to the floor Tuesday at the Golden State Warriors. He had 14 points and seven rebounds in almost 30 minutes, but he went back to the locker room with 4:04 left in the game after Golden State’s Jonathan Kuminga landed on his knee during a loose-ball scrum.

Sixers coach Nick Nurse told reporters that Tuesday’s injury had nothing to do with the left knee soreness that kept Embiid out of the previous two games. On Thursday, the team was fined $75,000 for not including Embiid on the injury report in “an accurate and timely manner” before the Denver game.