Joel Embiid’s workout with Cavs was “major success”



Are you warming up to the Jo-Jo era in Cleveland? The Cavaliers were reportedly “blown away” by Joel Embiid’s recent workout in Cleveland, contrary to previous reports.

Just last week, a local radio host cited unnamed sources—who were not affiliated with the team, but were somehow a part of his physical—that Embiid’s workout didn’t go well, turning up a litany of medical issues.’s Chad Ford refutes that version of the story with his latest mock draft, one wherein the Kansas center is pegged as the No. 1 pick.

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 [Dan] Gilbert was on board.

Gilbert has long been reported as being a bit of a hurdle for the draft process due to his desire to make the playoffs this coming season. While Embiid might have the biggest upside of anyone in the draft, he also is the least NBA-ready of the top prospects. “In three years he has the chance to be the best center in the game, but Embiid is a long-term play,” one scout told Ford earlier this month. “It’s going to take him several years to be an impact player on a playoff team.”

The Cavs will play host to Andrew Wiggins (on Wednesday) and Jabari Parker (on Friday) later this week.

  • Scott @ WFNY
  • Horace

    Obvious #1 pick, even easier than Kyrie over Derrick Williams. Make the pick, don’t get cute, and prepare for round 2.

  • BenRM

    Don’t tell Tony Rizzo

  • mgbode

    he’s desperately trying to put out the fire

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  • BenRM

    Ha! Double-appropriate-gif-ness!

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  • CB

    Ah poor Mr. Rizzo. Maybe it’s the same source that told him the Browns had zero interest in Manziel leading up to the draft.

  • Harv 21

    nah, I’m rolling with Rizzo. Or Rizzo’s source. Or Rizzo’s desperate, whorish ratings ploy.

    Rizzo gets me.

  • mgbode

    Rizzo’s desperate, whorish

    oh, that’s a Rizzo of a different color

  • saggy

    though i was thinking Dustin Hoffman

  • architrance

    Assuming the Cavs were wowed by Embiid and he’s half the player were hearing about. How could a team not take him??? The opportunity to have two young potential superstars, with staggered contracts not only builds a strong long term contending franchise, it keeps the team’s contention window open longer and guarantees if Kyrie were to leave, we’d still have a cornerstone to build around – no crash & rebuild necessary. I still have faith in Gilbert & the rebuild. As far as I can tell, this is all going (close to) according to plan. The future looks great for a change.

  • Wow

    I guess this radio host is really desperate for ratings.

  • BenRM

    I am Rizzo’s raging bile duct.

  • JNeids

    So we found the one flaw in the Thunder model – drafting multiple superstars in the same draft! That’s why we took TT – we knew he would never be a max player, so we wouldn’t have to worry about the contract sitchus.
    As for AB, there were no clear-cut superstars in that draft, so we went with the player that would help us land the #1 pick the following year where we could have our pick of 3 potential superstars!
    …sounds good to me. Let’s roll with that explanation.

  • Rocko

    Embiid is not physically strong enough to play the post in the NBA. Draft Wiggins and sign Asik – Cavs will instantly be contenders again.

  • porckchop

    i am Rizzo’s colon. I get cancer, I kill Rizzo

  • Jim

    Embiid may not be physically strong enough right now, but not drafting a player based on what he does not bring to the table immediately is incredibly short sighted. With Wiggins and Asik, the Cavs are not “contenders.” They probably make the playoffs but the goal should be to win a championship. If Embiid projects as the best long term talent (he does) and is a fit (he is), you take him.