At least some members of Les Blues are already making a push for Joel Embiid to join them for both the World Cup next year and the 2024 Olympics now that he’s a dual citizen.
With the World Cup set for next year in the Philippines and then Paris set to host the Olympics in 2024, Embiid would be a tremendous addition for France at both tournaments. That’s why multiple players, and general manager Boris Diaw, have already reached out.
If Embiid were to join France, their team would undoubtedly have a great chance at taking home the gold medal in Paris. The team, which won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, will likely have Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicholas Batum on their roster. They will likely add French teenager Victor Wembanyama by then, too.
Embiid, the reigning league scoring champ, averaged a career-high 30.6 points and 11.7 rebounds last season in Philadelphia. He’s set to enter his ninth season in the NBA this fall.
Embiid doesn’t have to make a decision on either the United States team or the French team just yet. He’s said that he isn’t ready to choose one way or another yet, either.
Though his newfound American citizenship changes things a bit for the French team, Collet knows there isn't anything he can do about it. What happens next is in Embiid's hands.
"Now he has both nationalities, and he has to choose one basketball nationality, which is not the same," Collet said. "So, that is a choice. Nobody can do anything to change it."