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Report: Joel Embiid’s agent pushing for No. 1 pick, Celtics or Lakers

Jun 20, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Joel Embiid, in light of his foot injury, will likely no longer go No. 1 in the draft.

How far will he slip?

Once Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker go off the board – probably with the first two picks – Embiid might still be the best prospect available. The rebuilding 76ers could easily draft Embiid at No. 3 and give him plenty of time to recover while losing a lot of games next season in pursuit of another high lottery pick.

But if Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, gets his way, Embiid would fall further.

Bill Simmons of Grantland:

Tellem can try to steer Embiid past the Bucks (No. 2), 76ers (No. 3), Magic (No. 4) and Jazz (No. 5), but those teams can obviously take Embiid without the player’s consent.

Unless he’s willing play overseas in perpetuity or not play professionally anywhere for a year – sitting out injured while getting paid counts as “playing” for these purposes – Embiid has no leverage other than to threaten to do those things.

Unlike Marcus Smart, Embiid can’t skip workouts to dissuade teams. He’s too hurt to work out anywhere.

But Embiid has a major trump card – his medical reports. He doesn’t need to share that information with anyone, and it would be extremely risky to draft him without reviewing those records.

Tellem knows how much falling would cost Embiid, but the agent also realize the potential second-contract benefits of playing for a team that can better develop Embiid.

Maybe Embiid can get the best of both worlds.

Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

a source tells that the Celtics will give some serious thought to potentially moving up in the draft to select him.

If the Celtics get Embiid’s medical records and then try to trade up for him, that would signal to any potential trade partner that Embiid checks out. Maybe that team – whether it’s the Bucks, 76ers, Magic or Jazz – doesn’t trust Boston, or maybe it uses that implicit knowledge sharing to justify drafting Embiid itself.

At this point, it’s a game of cat and mouse.

  1. loungefly74 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    the injury scares me, but I’d be cool if he fell to the Lakers.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Every GM is trying to fool every other GM. Then you add the agents to the mix and everything gets blown way out of proportion . Rumors everywhere. MCW and Thad Young are now going to the Lakers for #7 and Nash’s expiring contract.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Sorry, but that senerio isn’t a rumor, its a fantasy concocted by another delusional Laker fan.

      C’mon, no GM would make that trade.

    • geejon - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      And who came up with that rumor … some Lakers fan living in his mom’s basement? Only way 76ers take on a big expiring salary is if the other team that’s desperate to shed salary makes it worth it for Philly by throwing in a draft pick. So why is Philly also dealing MCW AND Thad Young … just for the 7th overall pick? Even if Sam Hinkie was drunk and had popped extasy tabs you couldn’t make him make a trade that ridiculous.

      • phillycannon - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Its a rumor made by the local sports radio stations. thats where he got this rumor from! 97.5 and Wip love making up their own stories. Their source is usually Chad Ford or Dei Lynam

  3. gmkev - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    If Boston wants to offer 6 and 17 for 3 as a Sixer fan i’d listen.

    • spursareold - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      You shouldn’t. Talent always falls of a cliff after the first few picks.

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    If I were in Vegas I’d be comfortable putting quite a bit of money on Marcus Smart becoming a Laker. If the Lakers can dump Nash I support a trade up 100%, however I don’t know why anyone would want him.

    Hoping for Marcus Smart, wouldn’t be mad about unloading Nash in an effort to get Embiid.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Again, please explain how the Lakers can possibly ‘trade up’ in the draft???

      Their roster is complete garbage and they can’t trade away next yrs top pick.

      Laker fans are beyond delusional….they’re simply stupid.

      • mazblast - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        But…but…but…they WANT it! Doesn’t that mean it must be???

      • kb2408 - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Speaking of stupid…I’m glad you’re not the GM because if you were the team would never improve! Where there is a will there is a way. Non one said they would move up to number 1, numbskull. But they could move up a spot or two. That’s why they pay Mitch millions of dollars. Stay in your lane.

  5. mazblast - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    If this is the case, couldn’t the entire injury be a hoax? I’m not saying that it is, but it’s a possibility. I don’t see where the player benefits from falling in the draft, but that may just be me.

  6. TheMorningStar - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    “…But they could move up a spot or two.”

    Once again, please explain how, with a roster filled with garbage and a nontradable 2016 1st, the Lakers can move up????

    “Where there is a will, there is a way” is NOT a viable senerio.

    Laker fans can’t be that stupid?

    • imakcds - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      the fact that you think all Laker fans are stupid reveals far more about you than it does any Laker fan.

    • kb2408 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      No but you obviously are that stupid. Teams make trades all the time for garbage players and cap relief. Do you even follow the NBA?

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        The days of Los Angeles and Boston making incredibly one sided trades is long over.

        Again, NO team is going to trade picks 1-6, for anything the Lakers could possibly offer.

        Get with reality friend, the Lakers will draft a decent player at #7; it most certainly won’t be Embiid.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Sure there’s a way. The Lakers could absorb dead salary in order to move up. Of course, of the teams ahead of them, only Milwaukee and Boston really have much dead salary, but I’m sure there’s a potential deal where they take a pick from another team to rent out their cap space and then package the pick to move up. I’m just not so sure Kobe’s going to be okay with the team frittering away whatever room they have left after his deal on moving up in the draft.

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        No team that is selecting 1-6 is looking to dump dead salary; that scenrio doesn’t work and its doubtful a 3rd would get involved anyway.

        Be happy at #7.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I’m not a Laker fan, and I don’t think they’ll pursue this avenue. I’m just point out how they could move up if they were absolutely hellbent on that above all other objectives.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Morning star, yes, kb can be THAT stupid. Believe it or not, this barely cracks the yop 10 for dumbest things hes posted.

      • billtetley53 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM


  7. chaseutley - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    He thinks he can choose who drafts him. That’s cute.

  8. 1historian - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Could you young whipper-snappers do an old coot a favor and stop calling each other nasty names and just enjoy this? With Embiid’s injury this is just going to get better.

  9. mungman69 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Why is that Lakers draft pick “untradeable”?

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Because a team can’t trade away 1st rd picks in consecutive years. LA would most certainly need to trade this years and next years top picks to try and move up.

  10. billtetley53 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Because its been traded already, as well as the 2017 pick!

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