Jan 18, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) dunks the ball against Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Markel Brown (22) in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 80-78. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Joel Embiid arrives in Cleveland for Cavaliers’ workout


The Cleveland Cavaliers have plenty of options with the number one overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. They are expected to pick between former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, his college teammate, Andrew Wiggins and former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker (with Australian point guard Dante Exum being the dark horse).

The Cavaliers have reportedly had eyes for Parker throughout the year, but have become hot on Embiid as of late, which could ultimately help them settle on Wiggins. They also could deal the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who are said to be offering the third-overall pick and forward Thaddeus Young for the top-overall selection.

The Cavaliers haven’t made a decision and will continue to evaluate the top prospects. According to Jeff Goodman of EPSN.com, Embiid has arrived in Cleveland for his workout and medical evaluation with the Cavaliers.

Joel Embiid arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday and will work out for the Cavaliers and undergo a medical evaluation that will likely determine whether the franchise takes him with the top overall pick in the NBA Draft, multiple sources told ESPN.

The 7-foot Cameroon native is the frontunner to be taken by the Cavs, who hold the No. 1 overall pick in the June 26 NBA Draft, according to multiple sources close to the situation. However, it will depend heavily on his medical evaluation by team doctors since he sat out the end of his freshman campaign with what Kansas called a stress fracture in his lower back…

…”The next day will be huge for him [Embiid] and whether he’ll go number one,” one source told ESPN.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 62.6% from the field, 20.0% from beyond the arc and 68.5% from the free throw line.

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