Ford’s Latest: Cavs, Embiid, Trades, Payton

It’s unlikely the Cavs will promise any player they’ll draft him at No. 1, according to Chad Ford of, who writes in an Insider-only piece. That means there’s a strong chance that Joel Embiid, who’s scheduled to work out and take a physical for the team, will go through the same with the Bucks and perhaps others. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is pushing new GM David Griffin to make the playoffs next season, Ford hears, adding that he believes Cleveland would prefer to trade the top pick. There’s more from Ford’s piece amid this afternoon’s look at the draft, and we’ll hit the highlights here:

  • An NBA GM tells Ford that he’s surprised at the number of picks available via trade, seconding what others have told the scribe. The Celtics, Lakers, Kings, Hornets, Wolves and Suns are all at least open to the idea of trading their lottery picks, Ford hears, though he says via Twitter that the teams are “shopping” those picks, suggesting that they’re actively seeking deals and not just sitting back and listening to offers. In contrast, the Bucks, Sixers, Magic and Jazz are likely to retain their picks, Ford also writes.
  • The Bucks, Hawks, Mavs, Blazers and Raptors will probably look to acquire additional first-rounders, Ford adds.
  • Sources tell Ford that Elfrid Payton is “in the mix” to go to the Kings at No. 8 overall.
  • Ford adds the Bulls to the list of teams that have worked out Jordan Clarkson.
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