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Report: Cavaliers ‘leaning toward’ selecting Jabari Parker with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

Jun 21, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers have plenty of options after winning the Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year, although many believe that the injury suffered by Joel Embiid and the subsequent surgery it required have thrown things into a state of chaos.

Embiid would have been a safe choice after Cleveland unsuccessfully gambled on Anthony Bennett with the top pick a season ago, but now with his injury history, that’s no longer the case.

It’s unclear what the Cavs might be thinking at this point, but in a very deep draft, there should be other legitimate options. And reportedly, they’re leaning toward another big man who should pay immediate dividends.

From Ken Berger of

With Joel Embiid’s foot surgery, and the reported 4-6 month recovery that comes with it, the Cavs are said to be leaning toward Duke’s Jabari Parker with the No. 1 pick. Parker is more NBA-ready than Andrew Wiggins, who would go to the Bucks at No. 2. Rival executives believe it would be out of character for Cleveland GM David Griffin to trade the top pick, and believe Bucks GM John Hammond would be hard-pressed to deviate from the other consensus top player in the draft after Embiid’s injury shook up the top of the lottery.

Parker then Wiggins seems to be where it’s at in the land of mocks, and it’s difficult to argue for one over the other. Wiggins possesses superior athleticism, but Parker possesses a more immediately useful skill set, which is something that a Cavaliers team determined to make the postseason desperately needs.

  1. patfic5 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Lol. The basketball gods are forcing Cleveland to make a smart move (not that it means they will…).

  2. money2long - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Go for it. You’ll be happy you did Cleveland.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    If Jabari can shoot 3’s well he’ll be a very good stretch 4. He rebounds well already and can finish around the rim with either hand… I think he’s the surest pick in the draft. After last year’s pick I think Cleveland has to land a starter.

  4. milkcan44 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Wiggins and Giannis are both athletic freaks but too similar. Parker would have been better fit for Milwaukee.

    • bealwithit - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Defensively that team has potential. Wiggins at SG, Giannis at SF, John Henson at PF, and Larry Sanders at C. They are all long athletic players and would have crazy fast rotations. If Brandon Knight can step up that is a good young core.

      But I agree, with all those defenders it would be nice to have a go to scorer like Parker. He could focus only on scoring while the other long athletic players around him make up for his defense.

    • csbanter - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      you’re right, and if I were the Bucks GM I would take Marcus Smart and let Brandon Knight become the backup.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Yeah, that’s one thing that nobody wants – too many athletic freaks. Pippen and MJ on the same team is just a bad idea. Both are too athletic and neither can shoot threes. Too similar. Better pair Mike up with Dennis Scott instead.

  5. antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    The universe will not allow Gilbert to select Wiggins. It’s the curse of the Bronbino.

  6. bealwithit - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Jabari Parker is like the Kyrie Irving of the SF position.

    Former Duke player, good scorer, but needs to improve defensively. Extremely skilled, but maybe not as athletic as others at their positions. Parker isn’t as athletic as a LeBron, Carmelo, PG, Leonard, or Wiggins and Kyrie isn’t as athletic as a John Wall, Russell Westbrook, or Derrick Rose.

    But both will be 20+ ppg All Stars and seem like a good fit.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Kyrie is super quick though, and he’s not exactly slow. You speak of him like he’s Andre Miller.

      Wiggins is about 100x more athletic than Carmelo Anthony, so imagine how much more athletic he is than Parker.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    I’m not sure the Cavs make the playoffs regardless who they draft. Then again, anything can happen in the E-League.

  8. kb2408 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Good choice…he’s going to be much better than Wiggins in the pros.

  9. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Yes, Parker is the safe pick for the Cavs. The Bucks should take Wiggins but my contact in Milwaukee says that Exum is the man. Oh man, Exum at #2? No, Wiggins at #2 for sure, maybe. If Wiggins is picked second then Philly will definitely take Exum at #3 and trade MCW to the Lakers for the #7 pick. Or they will pick Embiid at #3 and rest him ALL year. The Magic will take Exum if he’s there but if Philly takes Exum at #3 then Orlando would trade their #4 pick to Philly for MCW and other considerations and Philly would grab Embiid at #4. The Sixers will trade to the highest bidder.

    • jamesinva - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:04 AM

      Yea…let’s trade the Rookie of the Year to the Lakers for the freakin #7 pick…uh…what?

  10. trevor123698 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    the smart pick is wiggins. if the bucks get parker im picking a new team to root for

    • chicitybulls - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      “the smart pick is wiggins.” Why, because the media says he has more “upside”? Did you watch these guys play? One was far and ahead better than the other.

      • trevor123698 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        because parker might score 20 but hes going to let up 25-40 with his “ole” defense. i could score on parker.

      • trevor123698 - Jan 11, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        good call there buddy

      • chicitybulls - Jan 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        Really? You do know that Parker is out for the season. Neither one was/is playing as well as advertised. Mirotic is a contender and probably the leader or some ballots in this category.

      • trevor123698 - Jan 11, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        parker is a damn bum. hes done for. wiggins is a future superstar

  11. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Marcus Smart at 2? Won’t happen.

  12. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Bucks have to be hoping Cleveland takes Wiggins , they want Parker.
    Parker is a 3 not a stretch 4.
    Does re-sign ability come into play when Milwaukee drafts? I don’t think Wiggins would stay but I think Parker would.

    If Cleveland drafts Jabari Parker the domios fall a different way

    #1 Cleveland – Parker
    #2 76ers- Wiggins (Bucks get a future 1st rd pick and Young)
    #3 Bucks – Vonleh

    • trevor123698 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      if i were the bucks i may take that deal but i’d probably roll with either exum or aaron gordon ahead of vonleh. i gotta see some tape of vonleh though. havent really seen him yet. i like wiggins long term quite a bit though. but i also see this draft as extremely deep and would be fine ending up with a guy like stauskas but not at 3 overall

  13. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM


    Wonder how many second rounders will make their team?

  14. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    My contact in Philly reports that the Sixers will draft Embiid at #3.

    • jbink2585 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      @mungman– please end it with my contacts my sources etc just sound foolish. My contact that lives in your moms basement with you says you are delusional out of touch video gamer. I’d bet my first born and she’s pretty awesome Sixers won’t touch embid with a ten foot pole. They only worked out wiggins privately that tells you all you need to know.

  15. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    My contact in Cleveland reports that the Cavs’ management doesn’t have the slightest idea on whom to draft. My contact states that the Cavs are so afraid of making a mistake that they will trade that first pick. And that they won’t receive fair return.

  16. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I’ve also heard Hammond has googly eyes for Exum. But if Wiggy is availAble you gotta take him. His defensive ability will have him in the all star game by year two.
    But I understand the hesitation: lots of character issues. If you tweet a blatant photoshopped pic like he did with that vert pic, you should expect to be questioned!

  17. thetooloftools - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    If the CAVS don’t take Parker #1 then they are just stupid. This man can either lead or be lead but he is a winner. Somehow, someway I know my CAVS will screw this thing up.
    They capture a little spark in a bottle, not lightning.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      Wiggins is lightning. Parker is Ron Dayne.

  18. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Ron Dayne? Very good!

  19. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Yes, MCW was rookie of the year in a very weak draft. The Lakers won’t trade #7 for only MCW. The Sixers will have to add other “considerations”.

  20. shackdelrio - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Take Wiggins

  21. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    The Sixers also worked out Vonleh, Smart, Exum and several others.

    • jbink2585 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      100 percent false wiggins only private workout Sixers held. They may have perhaps went to these players individual workouts that’s just doing due diligence. As for flying player in and putting the player up an through there private workout it’s wiggins and wiggins only. I live in philadelphia it’s been focus if all sports talk last ten days.

      • jbink2585 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        There next private workout is exum and that is this evening into tomorrow and that’s there last private workout

      • jbink2585 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Randle pj Hairston perhaps early this week it’s on radio now exum and smart are being worked out as we speak.

  22. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    The Sixers drafted an injured Noel with the #6 pick last year and sat him all year. There is still talk that the Sixers might trade MCW, pick Exum with the #3 and take Embiid with the pick that they receive for MCW. They also have the #10 pick but right now that’s all you need to know.

  23. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    The truth is that no one knows all the private workouts that happen. THEY’RE PRIVATE. Players come by car from NYC. They are in and out.
    Anyone who listens to sports talk radio has heard that if the Sixers pick up lottery #7 and Ebiid is there, well you never know. That’s all you need to know.

    • jbink2585 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Lol I hear you pal no such thing as private beat reporters live at pecom and know who’s being worked out. At 7 sure Sixers May flyer on embid no shot at 3 no shot. I have hard time believing McWilliams is moved real hard time .

      • jbink2585 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM


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