Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) moves the ball up the court against Virginia Cavaliers forward Akil Mitchell (25) in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker


According to CBS Sports Columnist Ken Berger, the Cleveland Cavaliers are leaning towards taking Duke freshman Jabari Parker with the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. This report comes on the heels of Kansas center Joel Embiid, who was previously the odds on favorite to go No.1, having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot that. The stress fracture was discovered during Embiid’s visit with the Cavaliers.

Taking Parker would mean the Cavaliers would pass on Andrew Wiggins, Embiid’s teammate at Kansas. While both Parker and Wiggins would help the Cavaliers in some regard immediately, Wiggins is seen as the better fit with the current roster. Like Parker, Wiggins can play two positions, but he’s a shooting guard/small forward combo as opposed to a small forward/power forward combo like Parker. The Cavaliers, of course, already have a tweener three/four typer in Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

 

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  • Sunshine State, OH

    Every time we get a little more information like this, I feel like five more questions pop up surrounding the whole off-season. Both Wiggins and Parker look good in their own ways. Parker is the supposed leader with the polished offense but Wiggins seems to have the higher ceiling and will grow into himself with a good coach, which I believe we now have (finally). My big question is this, however: do we have a leader on this team? It surely isn’t Kyrie and it may never be. The vets we have could all be on the move, except hopefully Andy because I think I speak for everyone when I say I want him to be around for contention after all of his loyalty and effort (plus he’s a great player). I could see Dion stepping into that role but could he ever gain Kyrie’s undivided respect? Will he get traded before any of that happens? Is Dion a necessary part of a package with TT and other chips for a star player?

    If the Cavs believe Blatt can effectively lead these players and develop Kyrie into the player-leader we all want him to be, then I believe Wiggins is the pick for sure. If the organization believes they need a leader then it’s Parker. Just please, please, please don’t trade the pick. If the Cavs absolutely have to get Embiid, they should attempt to get him without losing the no.1 overall. The guy might see as much play time as Oden has the last few years and I’m absolutely against chasing a player who doesn’t play regardless of his potential. It’s hard to argue with the fact that he has already suffered so many injuries and he hasn’t even played against real adults yet.

  • Troy Kidwell

    “”Wiggins can play two positions, but he’s a shooting guard/small forward combo as opposed to a small forward/power forward combo like Parker. The Cavaliers, of course, already have a tweener three/four typer in Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 overall pick.”. Finally a voice of reason! Does the Cavz front office understand this?? If they take a tweener at the same position two yrs in a row the NBA should invoke another Stepien rule! We will here the same BS we heard last year with the selection of Bennet a square peg (power forward) they attempted to move in a round hole (Small Forward). Here we go again in 2014 with Parker whom like Bennet, has weight problems, no defensive skills whatsoever, has no prayer to guard the Lebrons or other three’s in the league. Adding Parker to the other hideous defenders on this roster such as Kyrie, Dion, etc. only makes this team at best an early exit from the playoffs. The Cavz have nobody on the roster with the athleticism Of Wiggins nor the upside. The thought of watching another year of Alonzo Gee clanging the rims with his jump shot at the three makes me ill just thinking about it.