Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker with first pick

June 24, 2014 – 9:57 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jabari Parker

Ever since presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid went down with a foot injury, speculation has run wild as to what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Most reports have said the team had narrowed its focus to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker. Well, we may now have our answer as to who Cleveland is leaning towards.

On Tuesday a report surfaced that claimed the Cavs are currently set to take Parker with the top pick despite his unimpressive workout with them on Friday. They apparently view Parker as less of a risk than Wiggins, and feel he can contribute right away. They think Wiggins has the higher upside of the two (a pretty universally held belief) but with him the risk is pretty significant.

The report also suggests that the Cavs have some interest in a proposed trade from the Orlando Magic that would send Arron Afflalo and picks No. 4 and No. 12 in this year’s draft to Cleveland in exchange for the No. 1 pick.

At this point nothing is set in stone and given how indecisive the Cavs were last year heading right up until the draft before they took Anthony Bennett with the top pick, I wouldn’t be surprised if things change before they are officially on the clock.

The real shame for the Cavs here is that they were reportedly all set to take Embiid before he suffered a stress fracture in his foot. He will reportedly miss four to six months and given his prior back problems, the Kansas center presents far too big a risk to be taken No. 1 overall. That said, he could end up being by far the best player from this draft.

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