Kotoch: Utah could trade Favors and No. 5 pick to Cavs for No. 1 pick

Joel EmbiidJoel Embiid of Kansas has a broken foot and needs surgery. And now that piece of news has thrown everyone’s draft projections into disarray.

Embiid was listed at No. 1 in Mock Draft 4.0, but he is not there in our latest edition. So does that mean the Cavs will not draft him? Perhaps not.

The Cavs are now looking at trading down a couple of spots, believing that Embiid will still be available. And with the Philadelphia 76ers coveting Andrew Wiggins, it becomes a question of whether they would be willing to trade up from No. 3 to No. 1 – a move that would probably cost them Thaddeus Young.

The Utah Jazz also are discussing a deal with the Cavs that would send Derrick Favors and the No. 5 pick to Cleveland for the No. 1 pick, which the Jazz would use to select Jabari Parker.

The latest news of Embiid, plus much more info on next week’s draft, comes from draft guru Joe Kotoch in this interview with 1280TheZone in Salt Lake City.

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  2. jerrytwenty-five says

    I don’t see CLE trading their pick, but I just read this fairly reliable story about what Boston will do if they don’t get Love:

    http://www.celticslife.com/2014/06/report-if-celtics-do-not-get-kevin-love.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
    Huge news if there are already suitors for Rondo – all in WC.
    Not good news for Knicks, because that would eliminate both Love and Rondo as reasons PJax has given Melo to stick it out.

    In other news, I just saw a tweet that Andrei Kirilenko will likely accept his mini-MLE option and return to Brooklyn, with expected increase in playing time.

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