With the NBA Draft a day away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still undecided on what to do with the No. 1 pick, ESPN reports.
According to the report, the Cavs were enamored with former Kansas big man Joel Embiid until he suffered a fracture in his foot that required surgery, which might force him to sit out his rookie season. This is the second injury he has sustained in the past few months after suffering a stress fracture in his back that cut short his lone season with the Jayhawks.
Cleveland could opt for one of the other two top prospects – Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Both players worked out for the team, with reportedly varying degrees of success.
Parker, a 6-8 small forward from Duke, came in overweight (254 pounds) and struggled to shoot from the field – one of his strengths during his one season with the Blue Devils – and appeared disinterested at times, ESPN reports. Parker’s father disputed that report, telling the Chicago Tribune that the weight gain was "made up" and that he "would never" not put his best foot forward.
Wiggins, a 6-8 wingman from Kansas, was sharp in his workout, ESPN reports. Wiggins showcased his athleticism and even showed off a consistent jump shot, which was supposed to be his weakness.
Parker is perceived to be the more NBA-ready of the two, but Wiggins is thought to have the greater upside. The reported results of these workouts most likely have contributed to the Cavs’ difficult decision.
Teams have also been trying to lure the pick from Cleveland. ESPN reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have offered forward Thaddeus Young and the No. 3 pick, the Utah Jazz have packaged forward Derrick Favors and the No. 5 pick and the Orlando Magic have dangled guard Arron Afflalo and the Nos. 4 and 12 picks. But none of these options have intrigued the Cavaliers enough for them to pull the trigger, according to the report.