NEW YORK – Jahlil Okafor is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Wednesday in Pensacola. Fla., according to multiple sources.
The 76ers will only say that the surgery will be performed this week. They would not disclose the location. However, two independent sources said that the surgery is scheduled for Wednesday in Florida.
The injury ultimately will cost the rookie power forward, who hasn't played since Feb. 28, the final 23 games of the season. A CAT scan on March 8 revealed the tear.
The 20-year-old missed two preseason games in October and two games in December with soreness in the same knee.
Okafor, who played in 53 games, is the team's leading scoring at 17.5 points per game. He became the first Sixers rookie since Allen Iverson in the 1996-97 season to lead the team in scoring with a minimum of 50 games. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 50.8 percent from the field.
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