Jan 18, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) dunks the ball against Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Markel Brown (22) in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 80-78. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers Leaning Towards Joel Embiid With No. 1 Pick

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Chad Ford of ESPN.com recently posted his latest mock draft in which he has former Kansas Jayhawks center, Joel Embiid, going number one overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 7-0, 250 pound athletic freak, is said to be one of the best center prospects in years and Cleveland is looking to solidify the post, especially if they’re trying to make a case for a LeBron James reunion this off-season.

Ford claims that Joel Embiid is the “strong favorite” to go to Cleveland after a very successful meeting and workout with the KU star last week. Ford writes,

Embiid’s workout and interview in Cleveland last week were major successes, according to sources close to the Cavs. Embiid did a full workout there in front of the Cavs’ front office and owner Dan Gilbert. Multiple sources said that the team was blown away with the workout. Embiid even ended one session by launching and nailing a series of 3s. Directly after the workout, two different sources told me that Embiid was the strong favorite to be drafted by the Cavs. Even Gilbert was on board.

There is also another side to this story. Embiid suffered from a pretty serious back injury last season, so Ford is reporting that some of his sources are saying his physical drew some red flags.

However, there have been conflicting reports coming out of Cleveland about Embiid’s physical, with one report stating the Cavs found multiple red flags. That’s been strongly disputed by the sources I have, but getting accurate information this time of year is especially challenging.

One thing to think about here is Cleveland not wanting to tip their hand to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76’ers, who own the 2nd and 3rd picks of the draft.

There will be a three way trio of who-wants-who come draft day, considering the rich talent of Duke forward, Jabari Parker, and Kansas forward, Andrew Wiggins, so trade potentials are through the roof. For these reasons, it makes sense for Cleveland to leak conflicting reports. Keeps things a bit confusing.

There is of course, a chance that Parker or Wiggins impress the Cavs more than Joel Embiid did but regardless, the Cavs have to know they have 3 potential superstars at there disposal.

If Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins go Number 1 and 2 in the NBA draft, that will be the first time in league history that two players from the same school were the first two picks. To me, this speaks volumes about where Bill Self has this basketball program right now.

We’re a little over a week away from the 2014 NBA Draft, so things are only beginning to heat up. Stay tuned to KC Kingdom for all your coverage on Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.

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