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Cavs mull Parker or Wiggins

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 24 2014 04:53:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 05:10:33 PM CDT
Jabari Parker, Duke basketball, December 2013

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Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to decide which of the two to take with the No. 1 pick just two days before the NBA Draft, according to

The Cavs initially were focused on 7-foot center Joel Embiid but retreated after it was determined that foot surgery that could sideline the former Kansas player for much or possibly all of his first professional season. Embiid also has injury issues with a stress fracture in his lower back that affected the end of his freshman season with the Jayhawks.

According to the ESPN report, the Cavs' front-runner now appears to be Parker, the 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in his only college season at Duke. He is considered by many draft experts as one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft this year.

However, there are reports that Parker had a bad workout last Friday in Cleveland. He was heavy at 254 pounds and ESPN sources said he appeared disinterested and not in good shape.

On the flip side, the 6-8 Wiggins wowed the Cavs during a workout last Wednesday, shooting the ball well and flashing his athleticism.

The Cavs are especially concerned about making the right decision this time around after selecting forward Anthony Bennett last year with the top pick. Bennett was a mimimal contributor in his first season.


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