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