According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, potential No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers “in the coming weeks” and undergo a physical. Embiid missed the end of the Kansas Jayhawks’ season due to a stress fracture in his back and that injury has made NBA teams consider the risk of drafting Embiid. According to Katz, Embiid will not visit with any other teams until after the Cavs’ have given an indication or note Embiid will go No. 1. From the report:
he 7-foot Cameroon native has been projected as a likely top choice throughout the season. That’s why Embiid won’t visit with Milwaukee or Philadelphia, which have the next two picks, until Cleveland has a chance to review his case for No. 1.
Embiid’s representatives and the Cavs are working toward finding an appropriate date, time and even perhaps place to conduct the interview and physical. The possibility remains it could be in Cleveland but that has not been determined.
Embiid did not attend the Chicago NBA pre-draft combine earlier this month where he would have undergone one physical, with the results available for all 30 NBA teams.
The Cavs will, as they should, likely consider all Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins for the top overall pick. But if Embiid’s back healthy, it would be hard to pass up his combination of shot blocking and potent mid-range game. It appears, in fact, that if it were not for his back injury, Embiid would be the consensus No. 1 pick.