Report: Cavaliers target Joel Embiid with No. 1 pick

Wednesday May 21st, 2014

Joel Embiid is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds a game this season. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Joel Embiid averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds a game last season for Kansas. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are targeting former Kansas center Joel Embiid with the No. 1 pick in next month's draft, according to the's Jeff Goodman.

According to the report, the team wants to gather more information on Embiid because of a back injury he suffered during his only season at Kansas.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game this past season for Kansas, but missed the team's entire postseason run because of the back injury and did not attend last week's scouting combine in Chicago.

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The Cavaliers won the lottery for the third time in four years despite having a 1.7 percent chance of earning the top pick for the June 26 draft. The Milwaukee Bucks will pick second, and the Philadelphia 76ers will have the No. 3 pick.

The team also had the number one overall pick last season and chose Anthony Bennett out of UNLV. Bennett struggled his rookie season, averaging only 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 51 games.

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Sources also told that while Embiid is first on the organization's wish list, that doesn't mean that Cavs general manager David Griffin -- who had the interim tag lifted earlier this month -- isn't also considering Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker with the first pick.
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