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Report: Joël Embiid obtains French nationality / News

Cameroonian-born Joël Embiid has taken administrative steps to obtain French nationality and be able to play for the France team, according to RMC Sports.

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Four years ago, Embiid publicly expressed his desire to play for the Blues.

The 28-year-old will travel to France by the end of June to finalize the documents, according to the report.

FIBA rules allow only one naturalized player per national team. Meanwhile, Embiid has never worn the Cameroon jersey in official competition.

At the time, the director general of the French Basketball Federation, Patrick Beesley, said that the reinforcement of Embiid was possible. There had already been contacts two years earlier.

The NBA’s dominant big man could link up with Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier in the French NT.

During the 2021-22 NBA regular season, Embiid averaged a league-leading 30.6 points and 11.4 boards for the Philadelphia 76ers.