The Cleveland Cavaliers are unsure what they’ll do on Thursday in the NBA Draft. They’re torn between two very promising players: Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins.
“They are torn,” one source close to the situation told ESPN.com. “They met for three hours, and all they talked about was those two guys.”
Added another industry source: “They haven’t come to a decision yet.”
Cleveland general manager David Griffin had decided to choose 7-footer Joel Embiid with the No. 1 pick, sources told ESPN.com. However, that changed when it was discovered that Embiid needed surgery on his foot that could sideline him for much of — if not his entire — rookie season.
The combination of Embiid’s injury concerns — a stress fracture in his lower back that sidelined him for the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments as well as the stress fracture in his right foot — have him out of the equation for the top pick in Thursday’s draft.
The pair recently worked out for the Cavaliers. Reports are that they were leaning toward Parker, but during the work out he looked sluggish. On the other hand, Wiggins looked impressive.
“You can’t base everything on one one-on-none workout,” a source said. “But Wiggins was great and Jabari wasn’t. It makes an impact. It makes you go back and reassess everything you saw during the year.”