HoopsHype Jabari Parker rumors

June 20, 2014 Updates

Coming within months of the stress fracture in Embiid’s back–even if doctors had cleared him for that one–the already leery Cavaliers will switch off him for their No. 1 pick. Cleveland, which was already open to trading the pick if it could land a big-timer like Minnesota’s Kevin Love, will surely pursue that. If not, Duke’s NBA-ready Jabari Parker would be the likely choice over Kansas’ further-away Andrew Wiggins. If both teams like the idea, the problem is Love’s contract which is up next summer. If he doesn’t tell the Cavs that he’ll sign an extension, they can’t take him as a one-year rental. Forbes.com

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According to NBA scouts and executives, Parker, the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, is also the safest pick in the draft. “In terms of a basketball player and a human being, I think it’s all first class,” said an Eastern Conference scout. “I think he gets on the court next year and averages between 14-17 points per game, 2-4 assists, 6-8 rebounds. I see this Carmelo Anthony/Grant Hill hybrid. Boston Globe

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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

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