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Draft rumors: Sixers, Magic, Jazz want to trade up; Parker prefers Bucks to Cavs

Jun 23, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

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Just four days before the NBA Draft — and with that what has for the past couple years been the most active NBA trading season — rumors are flying around faster than twitter can keep up. Almost.

Chad Ford of ESPN had a couple of big ones in his latest mock draft. That starts with a number of teams wanting the Cavaliers No. 1 pick.

The Cavs received intriguing offers from the Sixers, Magic and Jazz late last week. Each is offering its own high lottery pick plus a veteran. The Cavs could theoretically get either of Thaddeus Young, Arron Afflalo or Derrick Favors and still have a top-5 pick in the draft. It would make it much easier to draft Embiid if you knew you got additional value in the form of a veteran who can help now.

If the Cavaliers do not grade out Andrew Wiggins as a transcendent player — and apparently they don’t as they were ready to take Joel Embiid in front of him — then a trade is a good option. The Cavs seem to be leaning toward taking Jabari Parker because he can be plugged into a need and help this season, rather than thinking who will be the best player in five years. That’s shortsighted. First off, the Cavs are not good enough at any position save point guard to think they don’t need an upgrade. This is not a good roster. If the Cavs don’t love the guy they would draft at the top trade out to 3-4-5, then they can get Jabari Parker there (or Embiid or Dante Exum or whoever) plus they get a veteran, good player who also can help now. But get the best player you can, the talent isn’t there in Cleveland for them to be picky.

Parker, however, doesn’t want to go to the Cavs, reports Ford.

Parker came in to work out on Friday in front of the Cavs’ front office and ownership. Parker wasn’t great. He was a bit heavy (he weighed in at 255 pounds), didn’t shoot the ball well and got winded at times. Furthermore, two different sources told ESPN.com that Parker seemed a bit indifferent. One source said he thought Parker “tanked” the workout.

Why? A source says he strongly prefers to play in Milwaukee. The Cavs appear to be aware of this. “Jabari wasn’t himself,” one source said. “It was clear we weren’t his first option.”

I don’t buy this. And it’s insulting to Parker.

Is it possible that Parker prefers the Bucks and being next to John Henson than what he has seen from the Cavaliers player development team in recent years? Sure. Not sure I would blame him.

But to suggest he would be so unprofessional as to tank a workout (and to publish that rumor) is crap — nobody I have every spoken to about Parker has been anything less than glowing about his professionalism and effort. Nobody has talked about him being out of shape or not giving it his all. Guys have off days, but this is more than that. This sounds more like Cavs people blowing smoke or trying to cover their own behinds than it does reality.

But it is the time of the NBA calendar for smoke and behind covering.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Ain’t nothing wrong about tanking your workout if it means you dodge the bullet from that craphole Cleveland and save the 1st 4-6 years of your career. I don’t blame him if that’s what he did.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      That’s the SoCal in you talkin’, my jaded best weather in the world friend! Cleveland isn’t that bad. Ohio is actually a very nice state. I think they invented the tomato!

  2. asimonetti88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    “Parker prefers Bucks to Cavs”

    Is it really all that hard to blame him? Despite their putrid record last year, I think the Bucks could become a solid team with the right moves this offseason. If Parker turns out, they could be a playoff team in the East… not sure about Cleveland.

  3. biasedhomer - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Every rookie would rather prefer the Bucs than the Cavs.

  4. loubearkane - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    If Cavs aren’t sold on Parker or Wiggins they should trade with Utah.
    #5 plus a young Favors then you could possibly sign and trade Tristan Thompson

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      #5 and Favors is hard to pass up. I’d go for it.

  5. theblackrook - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Truth be told if Parker wants to be in Milwaukee the Bucks want him more… he’d be close to home in chicago, but Wiggins is the better future player and We’d prefer him. Parker wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize, but could Antetokounmpo play the 2? Wiggins is a better fit for the bucks, he’d slide in at the 2 and they would use their length and speed to run teams ragged.

  6. mvp43 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    As a Bucks fan I would welcome Parker with open arms. Why Bucks over Cleveland? simple:

    1. New owners willing to spend, spend, spend
    2. You’re immediately the star player and face of the franchise
    3. New arena in the works
    4. Good young players to build around
    5. 90 min drive to your hometown
    6. Wojo is the coach at Marquette.

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Basically because it’s not Cleveland.

      • thesixersbench - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Yeah, his list could’ve stopped at this:

        1: It’s not Cleveland.

    • terremotinho - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Plus Milwaukee has the “Bronze Fonz.”

  7. csbanter - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    This is why NBA fans loathe the fact Cleveland continues to win the draft lottery. The Cavs stink make a decision Wiggins or Parker. Either way you get a good prospect but all this back and forth is useless. Anyway you slice it they will be back in the lottery in 2015.

  8. mvp43 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    My gut feeling is that Parker will end up being a perennial all star and Wiggins will be Marvin Williams 2.0.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      And that’s why your posting on PBT and not scouting NBA players

    • sdlakerfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      @mvp43 – agree with you. It takes a lot to be an NBA superstar: athletic ability, basketball skill, intelligence, and a super competitive demeanor. Not sure Wiggins has an NBA body, the intelligence, and super competitive demeanor it takes to be an NBA star.

  9. 1historian - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    “Time on the NBA calendar for smoke and behind covering.”

    So true – for management, players and writers.

    It would be smart for Cleveland to trade down. There is a reason that this is their 3rd overall #1 in 4 years – the organization stinks and no one wants to play there.

    3+ days – this is getting better and better.

  10. 22yearsagotoday - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Gas is a lot cheaper in Cleveland than California. Like half the price!

  11. boiler72 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I’m a Bucks fan and we really can’t go wrong with either, but I’d prefer Parker.

  12. fatcamper - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    As a Magic fan I doubt a deal including Afflalo gets anything done for us. Very good player, but his scoring could cost the Cavs a couple of lottery balls next year.

  13. sportsnut101 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    If I was cavs I would pass on all the deals affalo is 28 going on29 he wants to play with contender cavs wont be one for 4 yrs the way they keep drafting
    If I was cavs I would offer kyrie in a trade see whats out there for him trade him for 2nd pick in first rd this yr. So cavs get wiggans n parker who can play together

  14. lazeglow954 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    At first I thought Parker should go to Cavs and Wiggins to the Bucks but now that I think about it what was I thinking. I think Wiggins wont come in the league playing at the same level as Parker. People won’t expect Wiggins to come in and play like the face of the franchise off the jump. He’ll take a good 2 to 3 years to develop into a franchise player Ala Paul George. But when Wiggins, Irving, and Waiters learn to play with each other they’ll be a crazy good trio. On the other hand Jabari Parker is a Melo type player that will come out the gate scoring from everywhere on the court. The thing is with Parker though he lacks a bit on defense. The Bucks have plenty solid defensive players like Larry Saunders, John Hensen, and Giannis Attetekounpo. All his front court mates so people wont be able to attack him as much Bucks have better ball strippers on the inside than cavs. Wiggins would raise the Cavs defensive game, and Parker would boost the Bucks offensive game.

  15. sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Real professional there Cavs…

    Parker is a kid, not YET even in the league and well… this is WHY you’re the Cavs…

    In the last couple of years you’ve selected 1st and 4th in the draft and now 1st a again.

    3 number one picks and 2 number four picks in three seasons and there is still a huge LACK of talent on your team…

  16. campcouch - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Lets take a look at all of the Lottery Era #1 picks that have led their drafting teams to titles. David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Robinson got his rings after Duncan arrived and TD also won titles afterwards, so personally I think Duncan is the only legit one. That #1 slot looks nice and there are a handful of players that have made or are making significant contributions to the league, but only LeBron and Shaq ever led another team to a title so far. So you have four number one pick champions in 30 years of lottery.

    There have been five #2 picks,five #3′s, five #4′s and six #5′s to win rings in that period.

    LAC and Orlando have also won the #1 pick three times along with Cleveland*.

    *Cleveland selected Brad Daugherty #1 in 86 due to a trade with Philly for money and a player.

    So having a number one doesn’t guarantee a title unless you’re San Antonio and named Tim Duncan. It has nothing to do with ineptness, weather, city or fans, it’s about situations and being in the right one.

    • zinger92 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      slow clap

  17. pukpokito - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    255 pounds at 6’8″ Playing small forward? how young is he again? With the way players are trained to get to a certain level of fitness these days? I don’t think he tanked.He was just not in game shape.

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