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Bucks Rule Out Embiid, Comfortable Taking Parker Or Wiggins

The Milwaukee Bucks have all but ruled out Joel Embiid with the No. 2 overall pick.

The Bucks will select either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins depending on who is still available after the first overall pick.

The Bucks also like Dante Exum, but the chances of the Bucks taking him went down after Wiggins' workout on Friday.

There have been several trade calls made about the pick, but the Bucks feel like they need a franchise player and are unlikely to still draft one by trading down.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Jabari Parker Prefers Bucks Over Cavaliers

A source says Jabari Parker strongly prefers to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, something that the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be aware of.

Parker worked out for the Cavaliers on Friday and two sources said he seemed indifferent. One source thought Parker "tanked" the workout.

"Jabari wasn't himself," one source said. "It was clear we weren't his first option."

But the Cavaliers are still leaning toward taking Parker over Andrew Wiggins.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Dario Saric Signs Three-Year Deal With Anadolu Efes

Dario Saric has agreed upon a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, according to a source.

The deal will have a player option for the third year. Saric is expected to receive and sign a contract in the next 24 hours.

Saric's contract will essentially prohibit him from playing in the NBA for at least two seasons.

Saric was receiving looks from lottery teams as high as No. 10 with the Philadelphia 76ers, No. 11 with the Denver Nuggets and No. 12 with the Orlando Magic. He may slip beyond the lottery, but he becomes an option in the mid to late teens with the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Aaron Gordon In Consideration To Go As High As No. 4 To Magic

Aaron Gordon is receiving consideration from the Orlando Magic with the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft and is not expected to fall past the Sacramento Kings at No. 8.

Gordon displayed a 39-inch vertical leap during the Chicago pre-draft combine.

"If and when I reach my full potential, I think I will be better than everybody [in this draft]," Gordon said. "I think I will have an edge."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Isaiah Austin Diagnosed With Marfan Syndrome, Basketball Career Over

Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which will end his basketball career just days before the NBA Draft.

"This is devastating news, but Isaiah has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him," head coach Scott Drew said. "His health is the most important thing, and while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program."

Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body. One feature of Marfan syndrome is aortic enlargement, which can be life-threatening. According to The Marfan Foundation, about one in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome.

Austin played two seasons at Baylor before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. He played in 73 games (72 starts) and averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Targeting Tyler Ennis, P.J. Hairston If 1st Round Pick Purchased

The New York Knicks are attempting to purchase a first round pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

Phil Jackson is targeting Tyler Ennis or P.J. Hairston if the Knicks successfully acquire a first rounder.

The Knicks included $1.4 million in last year's trade with the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani, meaning they only have $1.8 million to offer for a pick.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Suns Interested In Trading Away 27th Overall Pick

The Phoenix Suns are willing to trade away the 27th overall pick in next week's draft for a future first rounder, according to sources.

The Suns also own the 14th and 18th overall picks, which would create a roster spot challenge if they kept all picks.

The Suns narrowly missed out on a playoff berth this past season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cavaliers Unlikely To Pick Joel Embiid

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now unlikely to take Joel Embiid with the first overall pick, according to sources.

Embiid had been gaining momentum as the Cavaliers' heavy favorite, but his foot injury has scared them off.

The Cavaliers will likely pick between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Cavaliers Seek Workout With Dante Exum

The Cleveland Cavaliers would like to bring in Dante Exum for a workout following news of Joel Embiid's foot injury, according to sources.

Exum is widely considered to be outside the top-3 prospects of Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.

Looking at Exum could signal the Cavaliers have interest in trading down, though it is difficult to see how he would fit in with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Joel Embiid Has Stress Fracture In Foot, Will Undergo Surgery

Joel Embiid has suffered a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed.

Embiid will not attend next week's draft in New York.

Embiid had already been dealing with health concerns regarding his back.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season as a freshman at Kansas.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Bulls Schedule Workout With Adreian Payne

The Bulls currently own the 16th and 19th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Ford Ranks Top 25 Prospects Between 2000-2014

LeBron James, Greg Oden, Yao Ming, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis were the five most highly touted prospects to enter the NBA Draft since 2000.

Noah Vonleh To Work Out For 76ers On Thursday

Noah Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds this past season at the power forward position.

Cavaliers 'Blown Away' By Joel Embiid Workout

Two separate sources indicated after the workout that Joel Embiid is now the strong favorite to be drafted by the Cavaliers.

Lakers Host Julius Randle For Private Draft Workout

The Lakers have the No. 7 overall pick in this month's NBA draft.

76ers Trying Desperately To Draft Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins is meeting with the 76ers this week.

Celtics May Have Best Offer On Table To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Celtics continue to pursue a trade for Kevin Love, offering the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in this year's draft, along with future No. 1's and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk.

Saric, Jokic, Nurkic, Capela, Micic Remain In Draft

Dario Saric has decided to keep his name in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Eleftherios Bochoridis Withdraws From 2014 NBA Draft

Eleftherios Bochoridis has withdrawn from this month’s NBA Draft and will continue his development overseas, a source told RealGM.

Kristaps Porzingis Withdraws From 2014 NBA Draft

Kristaps Porzingis will return to play for Sevilla in the elite Spanish ACB League this season.

Artem Klimenko To Remain In 2014 NBA Draft

Artem Klimenko presents a draft and stash option for teams at the center position.

Pelicans Aggressively Discussing Trades For First Round Pick

The Pelicans are aggressively pursuing a first rounder to select either a small forward or center.

Randle Denies Needing Surgery On Foot

Multiple reports indicate that there is some concern that the bone did not heal properly in Julius Randle's foot.

Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Foot

Julius Randle will likely need six to eight weeks of rehab before he's cleared to play, which would force him to miss Summer League in July.

Bulls Discuss Trading Up To No. 11 With Harris, Stauskas As Targets

The Bulls have had serious talks with the Nuggets about trading up to No. 11 by sending Nos. 16 and 19.

Kings Interested In Schröder, Knight With No. 8 Pick As Trade Chip

The Kings are looking to add a player that can contribute in a meaningful way immediately.

Andrew Wiggins' Camp Prefers 76ers

The 76ers would take Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick and they have actually engaged the Cavaliers in regards to trading up.

Exum Seen As Bucks' Wild Card With Plan To Move Knight To SG

Dante Exum will have a workout for the Bucks this weekend.

Wiggins Could Be 'Compromise' Pick For Cavaliers

Andrew Wiggins is seen as a player with more upside than Jabari Parker and can play impactful minutes immediately unlike Joel Embiid.

Hornets To Likely Target Wing Shooting In Draft

Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas all shot 40 percent or better from the college 3-point line last season.
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