HoopsHype Joel Embiid rumors

June 27, 2014 Updates

The Celtics would have selected Joel Embiid with the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft had the Kansas center slipped to them, Ainge told the Toucher & Rich show Friday morning. "He was not red-flagged, meaning, “Stay away at all costs.” said Ainge. "He was rated a little bit less than that with risk, but he was guy that we were looking at had he fallen." Boston Globe

Asked directly if he would have selected Embiid, Ainge said, "Yes, we would’ve." Boston Globe

June 26, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: I'm not in the mock draft game this year, but if I were (based on intel from teams), I'd be going Wiggins, Parker, Embiid in top three spots Twitter @sam_amick

Joel Embiid will miss the next 4-6 months of action after the foot surgery. A few hours ago on his Twitter account appeared: "I'm a Laker". Sportando

Suddenly, Embiid’s stock started dropping, which created chaos at the top of the draft. Teams scrambled to gather medical information on him, while some speculated that Embiid could fall out of the top 10. All that happened within days of the draft, giving teams a curveball that they won’t see often, if ever. “It’s a pretty unique situation,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. But on the eve of the draft, several league sources said that Embiid could fall to the Celtics at the sixth pick — and that the Celtics are expected to grab him if he’s there. Boston Globe

Embiid’s camp, and specifically his agent, Arn Tellem, controlled which teams had access to that information, and league sources said not every team with a top-10 pick received it. The Celtics, however, did. There are multiple reasons why an agent would be selective with that information, but, essentially, teams that have it are more comfortable selecting that player, while teams that don’t are afraid to gamble without having such vital facts. Boston Globe

Embiid has said that his back has healed, and a league source said that’s true, though the source added that a team would be wise to have Embiid engage in back-specific training to further strengthen it. The foot issue is more of a question mark because centers have a bad history with navicular bone fractures; they notably ended the careers of Yao Ming and Bill Walton. Boston Globe

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