Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that potential number one pick Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and will have surgery on Friday. He has worked out for the Cavaliers, but his workout with the Milwaukee Bucks obviously has been scratched.
Since it appears the Celtics will not get Kevin Love, this is great news for Boston. Would the Cavs risk a number one on a big man with a bad back and a stress fracture? Who knows? This is a group that took Anthony Bennett number one overall last year.
But, let’s say they go with Andrew Wiggins instead. I know I would. Why take a chance on Embiid when you can have Wiggins or even Jabari Parker? Then Milwaukee takes either Parker or Wiggins, which leaves Philadelphia to take Embiid. This won’t happen as they already have Nerlens Noel, who is coming back from a torn ACL, to play the middle.
Now Orlando is on the clock, followed by Utah. The Magic could take guard Dante Exum from Australia and that would leave Utah standing in the way of the Celtics and their potential damaged gift. The Jazz could go with Julius Randle . . . maybe. We can hope, right?
Basically, the Celtics will need the Magic and Jazz to get cold feet and not take risk of drafting Embiid.
If the big guy from Kansas is there at No. 6, the Celtics should absolutely take him, damaged body and all. I think the risk of getting Embiid and getting him healthy is a much better option than picking Marcus Smart, Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon.
Go big or go home, baby. If Embiid gets healthy the Celtics will contend for a title down the road. If they go the safe route with Smart, Vonleh or Gordon they will contend . . . for the 6th, 7th or 8th spot in the playoffs.