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Report: Sixers, Celtics, Lakers all would draft Joel Embiid (other teams want to trade up for him)

Jun 26, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

Joel Embiid AP

Joel Embiid is not going to fall very far in this draft — prior concerns about his back and current ones about the two screws in the navicular bone of his foot wisely scared the Cleveland Cavaliers off him at the No 1 slot, and Jabari Parker is all but locked at No. 2.

After that it’s wide open.

A number of teams are targeting him in the draft, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Sixers would prefer to move up and grab Andrew Wiggins in the top spot but if they can’t they could draft Embiid and would not be afraid to sit him an entire season — they just did it with Nerlens Noel. Yes, the Sixers would take Noel and Embiid, Philly is in asset acquisition mode, wants to get as many of the best players as they can, then worry about fit (or trading some of them).

The Celtics and Lakers are in the same boat in this sense — both are big brands in big markets with big fan bases, and both have money, meaning both could take the gamble on Embiid and if it didn’t pan out they recover with free agents they can recruit. The Lakers and Celtics can afford to misfire in the draft in a way that the Bucks or Jazz cannot. It’s just the reality of the market. The Lakers and Celtics could gamble on Embiid, they can absorb the risk (and both could let him sit a full season).

There are other teams to watch here — the Sacramento Kings, for one, want to trade up and get Embiid. They can offer the No. 8 pick and either future picks or players. They are not alone, you can bet the Magic and Jazz (picks four and five) are getting calls from teams who have interest in Embiid.

Bottom line, the Lakers may want him at No. 7 but he’s not going to be on the board at that point.

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  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: “Embiid could technically/potentially/possibly/maybe/hypothetically be drafted at any spot in the top 10!”

    • 1historian - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Thanks for that incisive piece of news, magic – I DID not know that.

  2. tcclark - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I don’t think Philly takes him. I think Hinkie is trying to bait someone into trading up to get him. Trade for 1 or 2 and let Wiggins or Parker fall to them at 3. I hope it happens.

  3. bucrightoff - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Still way too talented to fall out of the top 5. The risk of not taking him and him becoming everything people think he can is much greater than taking him and having it not work out. Portland is absolutely fine even thought Oden busted.

  4. homelanddefense - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    the Celtics can spend money to land a big free agent? Please point out the last top level free agent the Celtics have lured to Boston? Its always trades and draft picks here.

    • kb2408 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      For Boston’s history to be so rich, albeit most of it is ancient history, they do not attract elite free agents.

  5. billtetley53 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Just exactly how many “top level free agents ” actually change teams?

    Lebron and Bosh, Shaq, and Dwight Howard.

    I guess its how you define what your top level is.

    Most big names are traded before being lost for nothing.

    Hell Bron and Bosh were sign and trades now that I think of it.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      give me some really good free agents that they have signed. Say top 20 player in the league.

  6. ashoreinhawaii - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    As a Laker fan, I hope he’s not on the board by #7.
    For a franchise that used to have the Midas touch, they can’t seem to do anything right nowadays.
    If Kobe really wanted to win a 6th, he would asked the Lakers to release him and sign for the minimum with the Heat.
    Everyone would win.

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