Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are still undecided whether to use the No. 1 overall pick to take Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins.
“They are torn,” one source close to the situation said. “They met for three hours, and all they talked about was those two guys.”
“They haven’t come to a decision yet,” another source added.
Sources claimed that Cleveland general manager David Griffin had decided to choose 7-footer Joel Embiid with the No. 1 pick.
However, that changed when it was discovered that Embiid needed surgery on his foot that could sideline him for much of — if not his entire — rookie season.
Embiid’s previous back injury and stress fracture in his right foot have him out of the equation for the top pick in Thursday’s draft.
The Cavaliers, according to sources, have been leaning toward selecting Parker. The 6-8 forward averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds as a freshman at Duke last season.
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.
However, Parker’s workout on Friday in Cleveland was a disappointment, according to multiple sources.
Parker weighed in at 254 pounds with 11 percent body fat, more than 10 pounds above his playing weight at Duke. Sources say the workout was so bad that he appeared disinterested at times. One source even went as far as to say that Parker appeared to be “tanking” the workout.
“He was bad,” one source said. “He was huffing and puffing early in the workout.”
The Cavs also have concerns about which position Parker ultimately will play in the NBA. They, along with other teams, think he’ll struggle to guard NBA 3s and
Meanwhile, the athletic 6-8 Wiggins went to Cleveland on Wednesday and shot the ball extremely well — which is considered one of his primary weaknesses.
Wiggins also showed off his elite athletic abilities and generally wowed ownership during the workout.