By Peter Gleason

The return of Sixers star Joel Embiid is imminent and could come as soon as Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Embiid, who has been out since Jan. 30, has been delivering the final preparations for his return from left meniscus surgery, ramping up his conditioning in recent days to rejoin the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

The 76ers are 40-35 and eighth in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining. The Sixers play the Thunder on Tuesday, the Miami Heat on Thursday and the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Embiid, the reigning NBA MVP, has been leading the NBA in scoring with 35.3 points a game and was on course to join Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a season. He’s also the only player aside from Chamberlain in 1961-62 to average at least one point per minute played.

The 76ers have seven games left in the regular season, including four this week: Tuesday against the Thunder, Thursday in Miami, Saturday in Memphis and Sunday in San Antonio.

76ers coach Nick Nurse said last week that the team was optimistic about Embiid returning to action before the regular season ends.

Embiid was in the midst of a historic season before his absence, averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 34 games.

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