Jabari Parker denies tanking Cleveland workout
Prospect Jabari Parker said he has "too much pride" to not try his hardest in a workout.
Parker said he did not tank his workout in Cleveland, as speculated in media reports.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 25, 2014
Parker: "I think I have too much pride to just waste other people's time. I come from Duke and I come from a family with good values."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 25, 2014
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.
Jabari Parker says he expects the Bucks will draft him at No. 2. "I had some comfort level with them, especially telling me, 'We want you.'— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 25, 2014
Parker: "I didn't really get any answers from the Cavs, so I'm just going with what I'm certain with."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 25, 2014
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