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Jabari Parker denies tanking Cleveland workout

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Jabari Parker expects to be selected by Milwaukee on Thursday.
Jabari Parker expects to be selected by Milwaukee on Thursday. (USATSI)

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Jabari Parker disputed a report that he'd "tanked" his workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers at pre-draft media availability on Tuesday, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner::

Parker had an unimpressive showing in Cleveland and would rather go to the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 2 than the Cavs at No. 1, according to the report from ESPN's Chad Ford:

Parker came in to work out on Friday in front of the Cavs' front office and ownership. Parker wasn't great. He was a bit heavy (he weighed in at 255 pounds), didn't shoot the ball well and got winded at times. Furthermore, two different sources told ESPN.com that Parker seemed a bit indifferent. One source said he thought Parker "tanked" the workout.

Why? A source says he strongly prefers to play in Milwaukee. The Cavs appear to be aware of this. "Jabari wasn't himself," one source said. "It was clear we weren't his first option."

The Duke product told reporters that he expected to be selected by Milwaukee, as Cleveland was coy about its plans.

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