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Report: Cavs 'torn' between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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The Cleveland Cavaliers don't know what they're going to do with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman. They are trying to choose between Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.

"They are torn," one source close to the situation told ESPN.com. "They met for three hours, and all they talked about was those two guys."

Added another industry source: "They haven't come to a decision yet."

Cleveland general manager David Griffin had decided to choose 7-footer Joel Embiid with the No. 1 pick, sources told ESPN.com. However, that changed when it was discovered that Embiid needed surgery on his foot that could sideline him for much of -- if not his entire -- rookie season.

The combination of Embiid's injury concerns -- a stress fracture in his lower back that sidelined him for the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments as well as the stress fracture in his right foot -- have him out of the equation for the top pick in Thursday's draft.

Both Parker and Wiggins recently worked out for Cleveland. The team was reportedly leaning toward selecting Parker, but then he looked sluggish, while Wiggins was impressive.

"You can't base everything on one one-on-none workout," a source said. "But Wiggins was great and Jabari wasn't. It makes an impact. It makes you go back and reassess everything you saw during the year."

The Cavs believe that Wiggins has the higher upside, according to ESPN, and if that's true this should be an easy decision. If you have the first pick, it's not about who's going to help you the very next season. The fact that Cleveland also reportedly is concerned about Parker's position should also tilt things in Wiggins' direction -- he projects as a stretch-four if he can't guard small forwards, and the Cavaliers already have Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett playing power forward.

Even though the team is reportedly struggling with the decision, all signs appear to point to Wiggins. Of course, given that it's two days before the draft, every report like this should be taken with a gigantic grain of salt. There are smokescreens everywhere, and Cleveland has a history of doing the unexpected.

Cleveland reportedly will pick either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins.
Cleveland reportedly will pick either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. (USATSI)

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