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Cavs torn between Wiggins and Parker; more coming out on Embiid's health

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have 48 hours to figure out what, exactly, they want to do with their No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

As of Tuesday, ESPN.com's Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman are reporting the organization is torn.

Presumably no longer interested in Kansas University center Joel Embiid, following successful surgery on his right foot, the Cavs are debating the longterm merits of taking either KU's Andrew Wiggins or Duke's Jabari Parker.

Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins soars in for a dunk past Duke forward Jabari Parker for a dunk late in the second half of the Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago.

Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins soars in for a dunk past Duke forward Jabari Parker for a dunk late in the second half of the Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago. by Nick Krug

In Ford's most recent mock draft, released Monday, he had Cleveland going with Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward, despite the fact Wiggins had a far more successful workout with the team.

Ford had some insight on the Parker-Wiggins debate, as well as what else might be scaring some teams away from Embiid, on The BS Report with Bill Simmons.

Ford revealed that more than one source of his indicated Parker prefers Milwaukee over Cleveland, and he either tanked or wasn't worried about his workout with the Cavs.

Between that and the fact Wiggins seems a logical better fit for the makeup of the Cavs roster, and it seems the debate could end up going in the KU swingman's favor.

Here is Simmons' case for Wiggins going No. 1:

"… He's an excellent defender already. He's gonna kind of pick and choose his spots. He drifts out of games — he doesn't need the ball. He has a higher upside, I think we'd all agree, than Jabari. It just makes more sense to take him."

Ford agreed, saying he was confused with Cleveland's infatuation with Parker as a No. 1 pick.

"All I know is the Cavs have been a very screwy organization for awhile, and nobody's gonna be able to criticize them if they get Jabari, because Jabari's gonna be good. He's gonna have a really good NBA career, and he's gonna be good."

Kansas center Joel Embiid battles for position with Iowa State defenders Georges Niang, left, and DeAndre Kane during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Joel Embiid battles for position with Iowa State defenders Georges Niang, left, and DeAndre Kane during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

As for Embiid, apparently medical examinations revealed some things about the 7-footer's bone density that could leave some decision-makers skeptical, as did his blood work.

Here's what Ford, ESPN's draft insider, had to say:

"It's not uncommon for athletes who grew up in Africa to test positive for hepatitis, you know, for example. Something that has to do with diet. It's not uncommon for there to be anemic issues and things like that. There's enough stuff there that scares you a bit, but there's also hope that now that he's over here, starts eating right, gets in the right training regimen, lets his body, frame grow into… you know, he was growing so much at the time, that maybe these will be temporary growing pains and Embiid will be fine in a few years. I know a number of general managers who think that way, because I think he goes top 10."

Ford said a number of teams still haven't seen Embiid's medical information and his agent, Arn Tellem, could choose to be selective in its availability.

The ESPN reporter thought Philadelphia at No. 3, Orlando at No. 4, Boston at No. 6 and Philly at No. 10 seemed like possible destinations for the currently injured big man from Cameroon.

One team's doctor theorized, Ford shared, Embiid's body grew rapidly and the athletic center put enough torque on it in that span that it became detrimental to him, and caused the fractures in his back and foot.

"He's gaining weight, and he's getting heavier and his frame's growing, what have you, and this was causing the fractures. But you strengthen his core… and he quits growing and you get him on a right nutritional plan, and all of this stuff goes away."

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