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Report: Cavaliers ‘torn’ on whether to take Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins with top pick in NBA Draft

Jun 24, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

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The Cavaliers have been on the clock since winning the Draft Lottery and securing the number one overall pick, but with the big night quickly approaching, the team still has not made a decision.

Joel Embiid was the one initially targeted, before a foot injury that required surgery threw a wrench into the machine behind that choice. Cleveland then was reportedly leaning toward Jabari Parker, but with Andrew Wiggins being equally tempting, things are apparently still very much in a state of flux.

From Jeff Goodman and Chad Ford of ESPN.com:

Just two days before the NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers are split on whether to take Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins with the top overall pick, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

“They are torn,” one source close to the situation told ESPN.com. “They met for three hours, and all they talked about was those two guys.”

Added another industry source: “They haven’t come to a decision yet.”

Cleveland general manager David Griffin had decided to choose 7-footer Joel Embiid with the No. 1 pick, sources told ESPN.com. However, that changed when it was discovered that Embiid needed surgery on his foot that could sideline him for much — if not his entire — rookie season.

The Cavaliers can’t afford to take chances this time around, after going with an unconventional selection in Anthony Bennett with the draft’s top pick a season ago. Parker and Wiggins are both projected to be stellar in the NBA, with the former appearing to be more ready to contribute immediately, and the latter having a potentially higher ceiling.

Just how far Embiid ends up falling is much more interesting than who Cleveland selects, as long as it’s one of these two prospects.

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  1. loubearkane - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    These reports are just getting silly now

  2. mungman69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Yes, same sh t different day.

  3. yesser12 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Only the Cavs could have the problem of not knowing how to pick between 2 great prospects.

  4. mazblast - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Parker clearly doesn’t want to go to Cleveland. Take Wiggins and hope.

  5. hojo20 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Call Lebron and ask his opinion. Maybe it’d help getting him to sign with Cleveland if they pick “his guy”.

  6. cruzan80 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    They should take neither.

    Trade that pick to the T’wolves for Kevin Love & make your offer to LeBron James.

    What people (Heat fans) don’t want to acknowledge is the FACT that the 61-21 Cavalier’s roster that James left in 2010 is NOT better than the one that’s in place right now…even without Kevin Love.

    The second best player on that team was Mo Williams people…Mo Williams!

    This go round it would obviously be Kyrie Irving who is without question infinitely better than Mo Williams ever was. Add Love to that mix along with other young talent like Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters & Tyler Zeller & what you’ll have is quite possibly the best team in the east.

    The Heat cant put together a younger & more talented team than that…not this summer at least.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      OK Cruz,

      What about the things Gilbert wrote and said in that letter that he made public about Lebron when he left?

      Address that please. Now, all of us have short memories and it wasn’t directed to us.

      I bet Lebron REMEMBERS what was said about him by Gilbert.

      Of course any of us my look it up, easy to find online, just Google “Gilbert letter to Lebron”.

      I don’t see Lebron, who is the best player on the planet, who has options, going back to play for Gilbert.

      • cruzan80 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Using logic like “I remember all the mean things you said about me.” to dictate a MAJOR business decision is asinine.

        That’s like if you dated a girl in high school, broke up with her & the she spread a nasty rumor about you all over the school in the wake of that break up.

        Then, 10 years later. Your divorced & that high school girlfriend is hotter than she was back then & has much more going for herself than your ex-wife does….& your highs school girlfriend…even though you broke her heart…still wants you back.

        What do you do??? Say “Nah…what you said to about me in high school was mean!” ???

        No, you don’t. You take your BEST option. Major flaws can be found in every possible destination as far as I see except for Cleveland. In fact, a return to Cleveland may actually help his image.

  7. bealwithit - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    They are both way too talented to be busts in the NBA, but Cleveland may very well pull it off. Whichever one doesn’t end up in Cleveland will probably be better.

  8. reesesteel23 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Knowing Cleveland, they wont take either one of them.

    • badge3832 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      you obviously don’t know Cleveland.

  9. campcouch - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    draft Mo Williams. you heard it here!

  10. bigmeechy74 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I’d take wiggins. But since it’s Cleveland I bet either one they take will be a bust

  11. thenew013 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    HATERS!!!!! Our time will come.

  12. ravenswhat - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Having watched both play a few times, it’s pretty clear to me that Parker is the better basketball player while Wiggins is the better athlete. I’m not risking my job on the better athlete.

  13. mvp43 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    If I were Cleveland, knowing that Parker has a Preference for Milwaukee, I would pick Wiggins. They will both be good players anyhow, so why choose the player that may not buy in 100%?

    • pukpokito - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Because Wiggins will leave too when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

  14. rohlo - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    well parker came out yesterday and said he would rather go to milwaukee than cleveland if that tells you anything….no players want to play for gilberts team. irving wants out as well! cleveland just isnt a major destination for players! good luck with that!!!

    • milkcan44 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I also think Parker is a better fit in Milwaukee, but this “statement” must be something you made up, unless you’re claiming you scooped every other publication.

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