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Report: Cavs leaning toward Parker

Jabari Parker. (Gerry Broome/AP file photo)
Jabari Parker. (Gerry Broome/AP file photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are leaning toward picking Jabari Parker with the top pick in the NBA draft, CBS Sports reported on Saturday.

It had been widely speculated that Cleveland was going to select Joel Embiid, but that was before the former Kansas center had surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.

Parker is seen as being the more NBA-ready than Andrew Wiggins, the other forward expected to go either first or second in Thursday's draft.

The Los Angeles Lakers have discussed a trade that would send their first-round draft pick, No. 7 overall, to the Golden State Warriors for guard Klay Thompson, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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  • The deal would be a part of a three-way trade that would send the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love to the Warriors. The Times said the Warriors have put the deal on hold because some members of their front office are undecided about whether they want to move Thompson in their attempts to get Love.

    The 24-year-old Thompson scored 18.4 points per game for Golden State last season.

    Earlier last week, there were reports that the Lakers were considering trading the No. 7 pick to the 76ers in exchange for rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams. The Lakers later denied they were discussing that deal.

    The Chicago Bulls are eyeing a trade that would send Orlando Magic swingman Aaron Afflalo to the Windy City, Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday.

    The Bulls have the 16th and 19th picks in Thursday's draft. One of them would likely go to the Magic in exchange for Afflalo, 28, who averaged 18.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting last season.

    - Staff and wire reports

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