Take a step back and erase your head of every other report you’ve heard to this point. ESPNCleveland’s Tony Rizzo cites “sources” that have allegedly told him that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ meeting with draft prospect Joel Embiid did not well.
During the first hour of his show, “The Really Big Show” on WKNR/850 AM, Rizzo, who has long been opposed to drafting the Kansas University center1 stated that the team’s physical “did not go well” and that Embiid has a “number of physical ailments.”
This on-air report doesn’t make sense for the Cavs to leak this information as it would lower the value of having the No. 1 pick. It also flies smack in the face of countless other reports to the contrary. Nevertheless, it can be added to the bubbling caldron of rumors that will continue to swirl heading in to the evening of June 26.
The 7-foot Embiid, who has only been playing basketball for a few years, arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday night for his visit and subsequent physical. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season, but missed the Big 12 tournament and the NCAA tournament due to a back injury that continues to plague his draft stock. However, he did participate in a private workout for NBA teams in Santa Monica, California, in late May which reportedly wowed those in attendance.
It was believed that Embiid and his agent, Arn Tellem, were in search of a guarantee from the Cavaliers prior to the high-upside big man scheduling visits with any other NBA teams. The team, obviously, has not confirmed any recently released reports.
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