Tipping their hand? Cavs reportedly to meet with, examine Embiid
MAY 28, 2014 10:24p ET
More than a week after winning the NBA Draft Lottery, and less a month from the draft itself, the Cavaliers reportedly are working on setting up a date with the potential No. 1 overall pick.
And it’s Kansas center Joel Embiid.
ESPN reported Wednesday that Cleveland will meet with the prized big man in the draft “sometime in the coming weeks,” at which time the team will conduct its own physical to examine Embiid's occasionally troublesome back.
What’s more, the report stated that Embiid will not visit with another NBA team until the Cavs “are given a chance to determine if they will select Embiid” with the No. 1 pick in the June 26 draft.
The Cavs own the No. 1 overall pick, and the 7-foot Embiid is under strong consideration, along with Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker. But as FOX Sports Ohio reported last week, the Cavs are leery of the back issues that troubled Embiid during his lone season with the Jayhawks.
The Cavs want to conduct their own examination with their own doctors, and won't rely on evaluations provided by Embiid's representatives. Without conducting their own exam, the Cavs would be highly likely to pass on Embiid with the top pick, sources have told FOX Sports Ohio.
But the Cavs and Embiid's camp are reportedly attempting to determine a date and location for the sides to visit and conduct a physical.
Embiid missed the final six games of Kansas' season with a stress fracture in his back. He has not undergone a physical for any team and skipped the NBA combine in Chicago. He did hold a workout via his agency in Los Angeles last week.
According to those in attendance of the LA workout, Embiid displayed good mobility and did not show any signs of back issues.
Both Cavs general manager David Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert have indicated if there is any question about a player's present or long-term health, the Cavs will go another route in the draft -- which is why they view their own physical evaluation of Embiid as being so vital.