Bucks co-owner rules out drafting Joel Embiid
For a while, it looked like the teams with the top three picks in the NBA Draft would be picking some combination of Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. The world made sense. Then Embiid's ankle injury came to light and threw the universe into chaos.
Now, we're left with nothing but theories. Does Embiid's injury take him out of the running? Will teams still want him, but lower? Will the Sixers have to trade up to get the guy they reportedly want in Wiggins?
C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted that Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry ruled out drafting Embiid. Lasry said his team wanted "somebody who is going to help us from day one." Embiid's injury will reportedly cause him to miss four to six months.
The Cavaliers hold onto the No. 1 pick, and they are reportedly most interested in Parker. So, it seems, if the Cavs scoop up Parker, the Bucks will likely take Wiggins. That would leave the Sixers with no further options as far as the biggest three names in the draft class.
Of course, there are theoretical alternatives. But as far as the Bucks go, it seems as if the Cavs will be making their choice for them.
It's looking more and more like the Sixers will have to make a move if their desire to grab Wiggins is as intense as it seemed during his highly secretive workout in Philadelphia.