Joel Embiid’s broken foot rocks the NBA Draft landscape; Are Kevin Love and Klay Thompson on the move?

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Despite his health issues, some team is gonna hang their hopes on Joel Embiid.

Former Kansas Jayhawks center and potential No. 1 pick Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot last week. The injury required surgery and two screws were placed in his foot.

This is a major setback for the All-American — who showed no ill effects from a back injury he suffered late in his dominant freshman season.

There is no timetable to when we’ll see Joel Embiid in an NBA uniform. Prior to his foot injury, he was given a clean bill of health concerning his well-publicized back injury — which kept him out of the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.

Embiid’s broken foot has placed his NBA season in jeopardy and thrown a wrench into the plans of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers to be specific.

Several mock drafts had projected the Cavaliers taking Embiid No.1 overall with Philadelphia hoping Embiid’s teammate Andrew Wiggins falls in their lap at No.3. Duke’s Jabari Parker has been projected to be drafted by either Milwaukee or Philadelphia.

The Milwaukee Bucks — who own the No. 2 pick — have remained low-key throughout the entire process and may be in the best position of the three teams.

So now what?

The rumor of the 76ers sending their No.3 pick and forward Thaddeus Young to the Cavs for the No.1 overall pick — which would be Wiggins — is sure to gain momentum in the next several days. Don’t be surprised if the Cavs hike up the price for a Philly franchise desperate for star power.

The Cavs were sold on Embiid and I don’t believe they really want the pressure of selecting Wiggins or Parker at No.1.

The injury to Embiid has made Australian point guard Dante Exum — a virtual unknown to most NBA fans — the newest name to surface among the top three. Exum has emerged as the possible pick of the Cavaliers or 76ers — who already have a point guard in last season’s Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. However with the Exum being the more established scorer, there’s no reason why he can’t be moved over to shooting guard, giving the 76ers a pair of 6’6″ starting guards.

It’s not all doom and gloom in Philly, the 76ers could still have a great draft by taking Exum and possibly landing Embiid if he slips to the No.10 pick – which they also own. The potential core of Carter-Williams, Embiid, Exum and Nerlens Noel is a nice starting point for a franchise on the rebound.

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love may be moving to the West Coast if a deal with the Golden State Warriors can be worked out. It looks like the Warriors are offering David Lee, Klay Thompson and possibly another player. Talks have cooled because the Timberwolves want a first round pick and the Warriors do not own one in this draft.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers are offering their first round pick (No.7) to obtain Thompson.

The rumors will be hot and heaving leading up to Thursday evening.

7 Responses to “Joel Embiid’s broken foot rocks the NBA Draft landscape; Are Kevin Love and Klay Thompson on the move?”

  1. mapoui says:

    the Warrior/Wolves deal is off the table apparently. but LeBron has opted out which is about to make this free-agent season most intriguing.

    LeBron’s free agency also threatens my bet that Carmelo would end up in Chicago. Chicago could quite well change track and go after LeBron.

    LeBron is going to make it harder for Carmelo to get what he wants.

    Melo is going to have to pick from what leBron leaves on the table

  2. Michelle says:

    That’s a shame but it’s another reason why players should be paid in college.. The NBA off season should be very interesting this year with several big names possibly changing teams.

  3. mapoui says:

    the idea that superstars should take pay cuts to enable their teams to go shopping freely, to get the support the stars need to win is starting to get to me.

    Bosh, James and Wade may have set a bad example here. it is not up to players.. superstars or not.. to help teams put together winning combinations. that is strictly the responsibility of the teams and their management

    the teams all got together and imposed a salary cap on themselves to ensure their profitability. Salary caps do not redound to the benefit of players. it is an exploitative imposition that has nothing to do with player best interest.

    and after generations of struggle to get to the current advantages players have won, to come now and voluntarily give it back to get winning teams on the floor is nonsense..stupid!

    winning rings is now so important to players that they are willing to accept back-tracking their labour progress to get one?

    what about Miami as a team…has it not been extraordinarily successful over the past 4 years, making money hand over fist?

    why cant Miami go shopping with its own money.. that money?

    why must Miami ownership restrict itself with a salary cap and expect the players to leave their legit, market value salaries on the table so they can shop for a winning team?

    that does not compute!

    well the big 3 did their thing with Riley and the Heat 4 years ago..and it has exposed this huge flaw in their reasoning…in that development. to me it makes no sense at all.

    if the teams cant use their cash to put together winners that’s not the problem of the players in a salary cap reality. indeed in no reality where the team is privately owned.

    if the team is not making money sell it.. or fold it if there are no buyers.

    or maybe the players can buy the team..own it and make it profitable by the advantages they get from owning the team themselves…cutting out the need to make profit to pay an owner. the most unnecessary factor in the whole process

    if the owner cant make his team successful that’s his problem..not the players.

    if they players are to leave money on the table that money must be converted into ownership shares and a say in management. those are the only conditions under which money can sanely be left on the table under salary cap and private ownership.

    you cant have a salary cap and players sacrifice their legit money..based on their market value. if the players continue to agree to that they agree to their own reduction back to serfdom.

    the Big 3 Miami deal must not be repeated. let Riley go to management for money to tool his team properly. and if the salary cap is insufficient let them raise it. it must not come from the pockets of players

  4. mapoui says:

    the basic issue for me is that the salary cap is wrong.

    any salary cap imposes wage restrains on a game in which the players by labour struggle won free agency and market value for their services.

    salary cap removes market value from the equation by establishing every year what they are going to spend on labour regardless. it is an arbitrary imposition of salary levels where free agency is supposed to reign it is back to the same old player control the we though was gone forever

    salary Cap is communist control of the game/business. salary cap removes transparency and hides the financial state of the process. who knows what the clubs actually make each year in profits..or losses.

    LeBron/Wade/Bosh are wrong when they agree to lower than they are worth to ‘help ‘ their club win championships. Championships rings should not be basic to players in the business of the NBA. the max contract is. the rings a bonus

    only f the model changes in ways that make such players interest of value should player attitude change. but once the business is in the hands of a collective owners group player sacrifice is stupidity really. has nothing to do with common sense.

  5. mapoui says:

    Pat Riley and the Miami Heat is making me sick. along with all the players who are taking pay cuts on LeBrons lead. Riley and LeBron together are like a wrecking crew through collective bargaining and player interest.

    I am sick to my stomach but I am laughing too.

    PLAYERS AGREE TO THEIR OWN LOSS, THE BREAKING DOWN OF ALL PRECEDENT FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE THAT PUT THEIR INTEREST FIRST WHERE IT SHOULD BE.
    RIGHT AND LEFT THEY ARE LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE IN A MOST EGREGIOUS SITUATION AS FAR AS PLAYERS ARE CONCERNED. PLAYERS DID NOT MAKE THE SALARY CAP AND PLACE THEIR TEAMS IN HARMS WAY WHEN IT COMES TO SIGNING PLAYERS.

    A SALARY CAP IS WAGE LIMITATION PLACED ON THE PLAYERS. THERE IS NO FREE MARKET WHEN THERE IS SALARY CAP. THE PLAYERS CAN BE PAID ACCORDING TO THAT SALARY CAP AND NO MORE.

    that is an arbitrary and unfair imposition on the players and they have no only accepted it but trump he principle of a free market by cutting their own salaries to help the owner who has imposed the unfair salary cap restriction on their interest.

    what the hell am I fighting for. the word as I knew it..and the expectations based on that world are not more. the capitalist has stood the world, human society up on its head and is getting away with it scot free.

    my time has passed. I am an old man anyway. this is LeBron’s world now…not mine. the older players who lived the struggle must be grumbling in their soup

    I am losing all respect for basketball players. if the players were all white would there even be a salary cap. and I am looking to see whether Love gets his, all he wants easy as pie.

    LeBron James can go all to hell. I gave him a pass the first time around but not any more. I wasn’t thinking then about how all this would work out. my bad.

    LeBron can now win Championships from now till doomsday..he and Pat Riley.. I would not care. it means nothing to me any more if he signs with Riley and gets all those guys to take pay cuts to win meaningless rings

  6. mapoui says:

    Kyle Lowery stays home…wont be going to Miami to give away his money for the greater glory of Dracula Pat Riley.

    and LeBron is insisting on the max. that means there is a good chance he will leave Miami. demanding the max, actually getting it …plus leaving Miami Heat, would restore him in my book.

    Bosh as well! get a max contract Chris… somewhere.. and move there. what’s with this Miami comfort zone and accepting a pay cut to stay there nonsense.

    Riley has gotten enough from player sacrifice. its time he busts his arse to get a championship team the hard way..or forget it. retire and go home.

  7. mapoui says:

    http://grantland.com/features/nba-miami-heat-double-standard-contract-sacrifice-lebron-james-chris-bosh-houston-rockets-free-agency/

    oh man! time is of the essence but I should have been into the finances of the NBA/NFL long now.

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