Report: 76ers hopeful Embiid will return Saturday vs. T-Wolves

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The Philadelphia 76ers are optimistic All-Star center Joel Embiid will clear the league's health and safety protocols in time to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

If not Saturday, the Sixers will shift their attention to next Monday's home game against the Orlando Magic as a potential return for last season's MVP finalist.

Embiid has missed the last eight games due to protocols, and his arrival cannot come soon enough for a 10-8 Sixers team that is 2-6 in his absence.

The 27-year-old last played on Nov. 6 against the Chicago Bulls before becoming one of several Sixers to enter protocols alongside Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle.

Prior to the league-mandated hiatus, Embiid was averaging 21.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, and four assists per game. Embiid will not be with the team for Wednesday's visit to the Golden State Warriors, who boast the NBA's best record at 15-2.

Report: 76ers hopeful Embiid will return Saturday vs. T-Wolves
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