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Report: Teams explore trading up in draft to grab Joel Embiid

Jun 25, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

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If one player was going to break out of this draft and be a true foundational player, most teams thought it would be Joel Embiid.

Until news of his broken foot came out.

One surgery and two screws in the navicular bone later, his stock has fallen some. The Cavaliers are not going to take him with the top spot, their GM David said Wednesday it’s a two horse race between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. The Bucks owner has said they are not taking Embiid at two.

But that’s about it — the potential of Embiid is so high teams are willing to take on the risk that he is never fully healthy. Embiid could go to the Sixers at No. 3 or one of the next several slots, and teams are trying to trade up to get him, reports Ken Berger at

Several teams, including the Sacramento Kings at No. 8, have called teams ahead of them in the lottery to propose potential trades to move up and select Embiid, a league source with knowledge of the conversations told….

After news of the injury — and the subsequent surgery and 4-6 month recovery timetable — teams holding picks behind Milwaukee have been forced to re-evaluate their draft strategy and risk tolerance. The Sixers (No. 3), Magic (No. 4), Jazz (No. 5), Celtics (No. 6) and Lakers (No. 7) are all considered potential landing spots for Embiid. An Eastern Conference executive said Wednesday that Embiid, despite the medical red flags, would not get past the Kings at No. 8 — and probably wouldn’t fall that far.

It takes elite players to really win in the NBA. A team drafting in the later lottery could get a solid rotation player. Nothing wrong with that. But a few GMs would be willing to roll the dice on a potentially great player, even if it costs them a little in a trade.

It comes down to how highly the team had Embiid rated and the cost of moving up (or trading for him after he’s picked). But don’t be surprised if this happens.

Or the Sixers just take him at three, they’d sit a guy out for a year again.

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  1. patfic5 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Please take note of the Gm’s name so that we can remember why he gets fired in 3 years.

  2. JT - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Embiid may be the steal

    • sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      I got to “The NBA draft is hear again” and immediately closed that idiotic blog

    • JMClarkent - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Dearest sweet baby Jesus, that blog of yours is worse that Chris Dudley’s crossover. You really need someone to edit that trainwreck.

      I am also fairly certain that you have never watched a college or pro basketball game in your life; that mo k draft only mocks the intelligence of the unfortunate reader.

      Other than that it is fine.

      • JT - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        You didn’t see it was a joke.. At the end..
        Skimmed through? Maybe? Other than that your comment was fine

      • willardj - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        It actually gets even worse when reading it from the perspective that you’re trying to make it absurd. The only humor comes in the irony of how bad your sense of humor is.

    • thatsjustchipper - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      Aren’t jokes supposed to be funny?

  3. sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Sixers are definitely willing to deal, but they are going to want picks, not players. I don’t know that they would be willing to drop more than a spot or two if they aren’t getting picks this year, and they already have plenty of #2’s.

    From what I’ve heard on the radio in Philly (those guys are some times accurate, other times not), they are working on trying to trade MCW for a late top 10 pick. If they can do so, they are going to take Exum, then look for a PF and a shooter with the other 2 picks (unless they can grab Smart). If they can’t work out a deal to move MCW, they will take Embiid and sit on him, unless some other team comes up with a trade up offer that they really like, in which case they would be willing to trade down

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      WIP radio is NEVER right

      • sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        it was the FAN, and the guy who reported it also reported that they were looking to trade up if Noel slipped last year when nobody saw that coming

        But yeah, more often than not, these guys are wrong

      • thatsjustchipper - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM

        Listening to that morning show and their idiocy has taken years off my life

      • rrhoe - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:23 AM

        97.5 is not too bad if you catch the Mike Missanelli show,he usually gets Sam Hinke to call in the give the state ot the Sixer address abd will sometimes even take questions.

      • rrhoe - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        Plz excuse the last post,early morn blues:

        97.5 is not too bad if you catch the Mike Missanelli show,he usually gets Sam Hinke to call in to give the “state of the Sixer” address and will sometimes even take questions.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Can someone explain to me why you would trade mcw, the 6’7″ long, triple double having, rookie of the year who needs to improve his jumper and will be something special for a guy just like him with a bad jump shot who hasn’t played in the nba or against much tough comp. in Australia? I’m really confused because philly has so many other needs. And how long can philly take hurt players and sit them out for a year before the fans revolt?

      • mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Some would say that their fans are already revolting.

        (OK, so it’s an old joke. I like it.)

    • zukny1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      This is why the radio is annoying me. They are recognizing that we will most likely draft Exum and are trying to find out what to do w/ MCW. In that, they are trading MCW & Thad (in most cases I’ve heard) for a top 8 selection.

      Philly starting 5 becomes: Exum, Staukus, _____ , Gordon or Randle & Noel

      That all sounds great right? Well w/ the same logic:
      Philly starting 5 (standing pat): MCW, Exum, which ever PF falls, Noel

      Now. We know at 10 there is a very good chance one of the top 3 PF’s will fall close to them there. We could probably trade 10 & Thad to move up 2 spots and get the 3rd one off the board pretty easily.

      So in their stupid scenarios Sixers are actually trading MCW for Staukus .. That’s the Reality of it.

      • sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        You are missing one in the starting 5 with philly standing pat

      • zukny1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        sumkat – the SF position is still unanswered for in both scenarios.

  4. muathjam21 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    The Kings are all over the place this off-season.

  5. mungman69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t pay any attention to sports talk radio. Just turn it on and laugh.

  6. siege102 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    If I were the Heat, I would trade like say Norris Cole and like maybe Haslem plus maybe um like a 2017 2nd rounder to the Cavs so they can get Embiid.

    • thatsjustchipper - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      Don’t be ridiculous…no way they have to throw in Haslem or picks to make that deal work

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