HoopsHype Jabari Parker rumors

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Kansas freshman forward Andrew Wiggins will work out for the Cavaliers next Wednesday and Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker will do the same on Friday, an NBA source told The Plain Dealer on Friday. Those two, along with Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid, who visited this week, are considered the top three players in the June 26 NBA Draft. There have been conflicting reports about how Embiid's much-discussed back checked out. Some reports indicate there were problems, others that it checked out fine. Neither could be confirmed. The Cavs have not commented. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Jabari Parker doesn’t have any qualms about playing in Milwaukee for the Bucks. So says two people who are quite close to him: his father Sonny and former Duke University teammate Rodney Hood. Jabari Parker is a consensus top-three prospect for the June 26 NBA draft and there is a strong possibility he could be chosen by the Bucks, who have the second overall selection. “Jabari just wants to play ball; He won’t have any issues about playing in Milwaukee, not at all,’’ said Hood, a projected lottery pick himself. “And, if he went to Milwaukee, it would only be a short distance away from his home, which would be good. He’d be fine with that.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Sonny Parker said he and Jabari are familiar with Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Sonny said his son played in several Amateur Athletic Union tournaments in Milwaukee and had attended some camps there as well. “It would be nice if he went there (to Milwaukee),’’ Sonny said. “It’s a straight drive (on highway 94) to Milwaukee; I wouldn’t have to get on a plane. “Milwaukee is a nice town. It’s not as big as Chicago, of course, but it’s similar to Chicago in that it’s on the lakefront. It’s a nice community.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Jabari is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has performed baptisms and administered the weekly sacrament. But Sonny Parker said his son may do missionary work, but it wouldn’t be now. “That will be his decision,’’ Sonny Parker said. “Whatever he decides, we’ll support him. He doesn’t talk much about his religion and faith; he keeps that personal and private. “But it shouldn’t be a problem with his basketball career.’’ Racine Journal-Times

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Cavs GM David Griffin has a difficult decision to make between the 7-foot Embiid and a pair of contrasting forwards: Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Multiple sources insist that the Cavs favor Embiid as long as the medical info regarding the back injury that kept him off the court in March checks out clean. ESPN.com

Parker, from Duke, and Wiggins and Embiid, both from Kansas, are the draft’s top three prospects, all but guaranteed to be selected 1-2-3 in some order. As such, league sources say those players are expected to work out only for Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia, the teams that are drafting first, second, and third. Boston Globe

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Q: Do the Jazz and any chance at moving up to grab Parker?! Please say yes! A: They have a lot of assets and I think they could tempt Cleveland if they threw together several of them into a package that rounded out this team. For instance ... what about a sign-and-trade that delivered Gordan Hayward and Enes Kanter -- fixes holes at both the three and the five long-term for the Cavs. Both are ready to go now. The question will be ... Hayward is a restricted free agent. Free agency doesn't start until after the draft. So the Cavs would have to take Jabari at 1 and then hope they could get Hayward to play along. Derrick Favors could also tempt them I'm told. But the Cavs would need another piece -- perhaps the 5th pick? ESPN.com

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