Less than a week ago, Joel Embiid seemed out of the Celtics’ reach. The Kansas 7-footer was a top-three lock for Thursday’s NBA Draft, and likely the first pick overall, long gone before the Celtics’ No. 6 overall selection.
Then, almost out of the nowhere, the promising center had surgery last Friday for a stress fracture in his right foot, with two screws placed in the navicular bone. His projected recovery timetable: 4-6 months, at least.