Just two days before the NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers are split on whether to take Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins with the top overall pick, multiple sources told ESPN.com. "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 -- if not his entire -- rookie season. The combination of Embiid's injury concerns -- stress fractures in his lower back that sidelined him for the Big 12 and NCAA tournament, as well as the stress fracture in his right foot -- have him out of the equation for the top pick in Thursday's draft. For the past few days, the Cavaliers, according to sources, have been leaning toward selecting Parker. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds as a freshman at Duke last season. He addresses some of Cleveland's most pressing needs: shooting, basketball smarts and toughness. If the Cavs lose Luol Deng to free agency as widely expected, they will need help at small forward. Furthermore, owner Dan Gilbert has given a mandate to ownership to turn this roster into a playoff squad this season. Parker is, by virtually all accounts, the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft.
Cavs torn between Wiggins and Parker heading into draft
ESPN | Jun 24