Jabari Parker says he believes he will go No. 2 to Bucks and there is mutual interest. Says he he hasn't received similar vibe from Cavs.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 25, 2014
Jabari Parker says he's not opposed to going to Cavs, but said no commitment was made.Said Bucks told him they'd take him if he's there at 2— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 25, 2014
After news of Joel Embiid's fractured foot and his subsequent surgery, it became clear that Parker and Andrew Wiggins would almost assuredly be the first two names called. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the top pick, are reportedly torn on who to take, with a recent report that owner Dan Gilbert wants Wiggins. Gilbert, of course, disputes that there is a divide:
Parker is from Chicago, and reportedly would prefer to stay close to home by going to Milwaukee. His recent workout in Cleveland was reportedly unimpressive, with one source telling ESPN that he thought Parker "tanked" it.
None of this means he'd have a problem going to the Cavaliers, but it does mean the Bucks should be seen as the favorites to land him. Mind you, predicting what Cleveland is going to do in the draft over the last few years has been a futile exercise.