Sources: Joel Embiid’s Return Is Imminent

According to ESPN, sources revealed that Joel Embiid may return to the court as soon as Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The reigning NBA MVP has been out of action since January 30 following left meniscus surgery.

In recent weeks, Embiid has been working on his conditioning in an effort to rejoin the Sixers for the final stretch of the regular season.

Entering Monday, Philadelphia occupies the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 40-35 record. Beginning with Tuesday’s game against the Thunder, the 76ers have seven games remaining before the playoffs. At the time of Embiid’s injury, the Sixers held a 29-17 record.

Before injuring his knee, Embiid was leading the league in scoring with 35.3 PPG. At that rate, Embiid was on pace to become the second player in NBA history to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a season — Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain is the only player to accomplish the feat.

Philadelphia trails the Indiana Pacers by two games for the No. 6 seed — the final spot in the playoff field that doesn’t have to take part in the play-in tournament and is guaranteed a best-of-7 series.