If this report is true, I think it's a bit unprofessional of him. I'm not going to begrudge the guy for having a favorite landing spot, but I'd think it would be better just to be honest about it instead of potentially dogging it during the workout.
As you probably know, I'm leaning towards Wiggins anyway, so I think this may work out well for all parties involved. And, I worry about games getting in the way of one another with Kyrie, Parker and Dion, so if that's one of his reasons for preferring Milwaukee -- where he'd be the clear No. 1 scoring option right out of the gates -- then I may actually agree with him.
I like the Wiggins fit in Cleveland and I like the Parker fit in Milwaukee. I will say that I'm concerned about the 255 pound weigh-in for Parker. That's way too big for his build/frame at this stage. Hell, I thought his weight of 235 at Duke was too big. I wouldn't exactly call it a red flag, but it is concerning.
I'm assuming this isn't going to be a huge issue for him going forward and, if it's not, I like the core that you guys have in place. It makes sense on paper.
Agreed on all points, especially about fit between both prospects and their respective teams.
The interesting thing to note, is that the sources still mentioned that Parker is the likely selection for Cleveland, and that despite what doubt this workout created within ownership he is still the guy they're leaning towards. This probably goes much deeper than that, but I wouldn't put Jabari out of the running for #1 just yet.
Originally Posted by The Immortal
Is there video from the workouts?
Not as of yet, and I doubt there will be if there's any truth to these reports. All we have to go by right now is the footage I linked in the OP, of his draft workout in Santa Monica exactly a month ago. Relative to his reputation, he looked very quick, athletic, and explosive in that video, which is why the Bucks and Cavs (as a backup for Embiid) really liked him. And that's what makes this report so confusing...whether it was intentional or not, how the hell could a top 3 prospect allow himself to go from great shape to gaining 15-20 pounds and looking totally out of shape right before the draft? It's just absurd.
I think Jabari will be the best pick for the Bucks at #2. Embiid with these injury issues has too many red flags. Wiggins will take time and he just doesn't have that fire..but should be a good player. Jabari is the most NBA ready and will be the man in Milwaukee..but the Buck have to continue building around him. They have Giannis, Henson, and Wolters that they can go forward with as a young core. Sanders is imploding and Knight is not reliable. This is a deep draft so with their 2nd round picks they can get some gems if they draft good.