Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers expected to select Joel Embiid

In what came a surprise to not only the rest of the league, but everyone else as well, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers are obviously happy but were probably taken a little off-guard by winning. They would clearly like to put together a deal that would net them Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, but that seems like a bit of a long-shot considering Love likely won’t agree to a long-term deal with the Cavaliers.

According to Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News, unless something comes up with Embiid’s back, the Cavaliers are expected to select Embiid.

The Cavs know they can’t get Love in a deal for the No. 1 overall pick they secured with their third lottery win in the last four seasons. If they keep the pick, they’re expected to take Kansas big man Joel Embiid, unless the stress fracture in his back injury from last season has the chance to become a long-term issue. . . . Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, might not make his client’s medical records, including reports on the back, available to certain teams where he doesn’t want Embiid to play.

Embiid put 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game for the Jayhawks last season.

Tags: 2014 NBA Draft Cleveland Cavaliers Joel Embiid NBA Draft Rumors

  • drewal10

    If they don’t pick him we are doomed by another horrible front office regime

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Cleveland, you are screw ups !.. your one horse town is a mess, your citizens are worse, and your best asset since losing Lebron are your 500 pound truck built “dainty” females, mind you where i come from, we refer to those as livestock… SO, that should give you a giant clue you are drafting the wrong player ! especially if you have to question ANYTHING about a big man having health issues, where the back, knees or feet is a concern !. Go with Wiggins, he is the most talented player in the draft !

    Quick story, sad but true. lol …..the other day i stepped into something that smelled like S#!%… i tried wiping it off my shoes then i quickly realize there was nothing suck on my shoes, In fact, my shoes was stuck on it, i had crossed into Cleveland, the good thing, i was able to turn around and leave Cleveland but unfortunately, players are stuck there :(

    • Letterman007

      Good idea, leave and don’t let the door hit you in the a$$$$$!!

      • Jarod Cook

        I have to agree with the first post. If there’s any concern with a Big Man it’s better to stay away, then take a chance on them. I know Cleveland really needs a inside presence, but it’s not worth passing up on Wiggins who’s a two way threat. Adding him to an already stout back court of Irving and Waiters, would be an interesting combo. All of them are slashers, with decent outside game. So having a big man who can post up in the paint isn’t needed, they need a player like Hawes who can step out and shoot 3′s to help space the floor. They might help Bennett to reach his potential also, seeing how he had an outside shoot in collage and can play decent on defense, he just needs to spend the off season training instead of eating.

        • Letterman007

          A lot will depend on who’s the coach. What his offensive philosophy is? Got to be better than Brown’s was!! Griffin comes from the Suns organization and they like to play fast. But it would be nice, especially with the lack of defense from this team, to have a rim protector!

          • Jarod Cook

            I agree finding the new coach is what is important. And is going to ultimately decide who the #1 pick is going to be. But if they want an inside presence they should try to trade for Love. Love is only 25 and entering his prime. He can step out and shoot 3′s, and is above average on defense. But i’m not saying give the #1 pick or half the team for Love. I say they try a one for one swap with Irving for Love.

            Irving is a SG trying to play PG, and wants MAX contract money from Cleveland. And Gilbert doesn’t want to pay him that kind of money, and I don’t blame him. Irving doesn’t deserve max money seeing as he’s only half a player. Good offensively besides the fact he can’t pass the ball, and can’t be found on defense.
            It seems he’s going to walk Via FA any way, so why not try to get something for him. Love wants to make the playoffs and contend more then anything. So coming to Cleveland with a bevy of young talent, and depth makes sense.

            Having a player like Love who can space the floor on offense and play low on defense, would help this team more then Irving can. Another option would be to call Philly and try getting the #3 pick, and the #10 pick or future 1st rounder for Irving. That way they can take Embiid at #1, and Wiggins or Parker at #3

            Not to mention if they take Wiggins at #1 who’s a slasher he can develop faster having Love on the team. Also Love would be a better barging cheap, if they’re trying to lure LeBron back to town.

          • Letterman007

            I agree, Irving doesn’t deserve a max contract! But they tried last year to trade Waiters, TT and their first round pick for Love and got turned down. There is also finding out if Love will sign an extension with them?
            If they trade Irving, which they better consider soon, they will need a point guard to replace him! This time a real point guard which has been a real part of this teams troubles!! But I doubt they will get Love and if they do it will cost that first pick and more!

          • Jarod Cook

            Personally I believe the team is being held back by Irving’s play. They need to try and trade him before the draft, because that’s when his value will be the highest. After the draft, and the closer it get’s to the trade deadline his value will continue to drop. No way does Gilbert and the Cav’s give him any where close to the money he wants.

            If they look to replace him with the draft and can get a top 10 pick for him, I’d like to see them take Smart or Harris. If they get a Mid/Late 1st they can look to add Ennis or Napier. Another good option would be to wait till the Mid/Late 2nd round and get Craft. He’s more of true PG, who gives 110% every second of every game, and is a lock down defender on defense.

            Also the Cav’s don’t necessarily have to look to replace him in the draft. They have Jack who’s more of PG. And have Dellavedova who looked good in limited action last season. They instead could use the pick and bring in a player who can add depth elsewhere.

          • Letterman007

            I’m not sure I want my point guard to be Jack or Delli and Craft is a point guard but would like one that could hit a short jumper or foul shot to win a game. He has little to no offensive skill for shooting. Smart is nice or Harris and Ennis is more suitable. If you noticed this team played better when Irving got hurt and Waiters started!