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. ESPN.com’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.