Philadelphia — Jahlil Okafor could get a solo turn as the next big man to put the fate of the 76ers on his 6-foot-11 frame.
Joel Embiid still would like a try to lead the team on his own two feet. But his future with the franchise remains very much in doubt.
Philadelphia president Sam Hinkie could have put last year's post-draft news conference on replay, with many of the same concerns about Embiid's recovery from a broken right foot still as valid as they were in 2014.
Hinkie at least had a time frame last year, that Embiid shouldn't need more than 8 months of recovery.
Now? Who knows. Not even some of the top doctors are sure how long it will take for Embiid to heal and finally play for the 76ers.
"It was healing on a steady, upward sloping curve," Hinkie said Friday. "It doesn't seem to be healing as well anymore. The way they're describing it to me is, we'd have expected it to be healed, even more healed, than what it's showing now."
Hinkie said surgery has not been ruled out and a course of action would be decided "soon" after Embiid meets with a North Carolina specialist.
Enter Okafor. The Duke center was a healthy option for the 76ers on draft night.
"I'd like to think we'd have had the courage to do it anyway," Hinkie said.
Trice to play for Heat
Former Michigan State guard Travis Trice will get a shot to make an NBA team even though he wasn't drafted.
Trice signed to play for the Heat in two summer leagues, according to multiple reports.
He will play in Orlando from July 4-10 and in Las Vegas between July 10-20.
Trice's teammate, Branden Dawson, was drafted by the Pelicans in the second round (56th) and traded to the Clippers.