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NBA draft roundup: Celtics, 76ers, Lakers rumored landing spots for Joel Embiid; Kings likely keeping No. 8 pick

Posted By Conor Ryan On June 26, 2014 @ 2:57 pm In General | No Comments

Foot and back injuries have caused Kansas center Joel Embiid — once expected to be the first overall selection in Thursday’€™s NBA draft — to slide down the boards.

Embiid’€™s fall has opened up the possibility of the Celtics [1] getting the opportunity to draft the promising big man, something that Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted [2] could be a possibility.

Embiid, a 7-foot center from Cameroon, averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his only season with the Jayhawks, despite only playing organized basketball since 2011.

— It appears that the rumored deal between the Celtics [1] and Kings, which would include point guard Rajon Rondo [4] and Sacramento’€™s eighth overall pick as the two main components, may not come to fruition.

Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears tweeted [5] that the Kings seem to be content to keep their pick.

The Kings have been at the forefront of trade rumors recently, including a deal [7] to acquire Pistons forward Josh Smith, adding him to a frontcourt that already includes DeMarcus Cousins [8] and Rudy Gay [9].

— With the draft fast approaching, it seems that the 76ers are going all in in an effort to acquire the first overall pick from the Cavaliers [10] and draft Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins.

Tom Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted [11] that the 76ers are doing everything they can to pry the top pick from Cleveland.

Philadelphia certainly has many trading chips at its disposal, including the third and 10th overall picks and a host of promising players such as Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

— The Celtics [1] aren’t the only Atlantic Division team reportedly looking to make a few draft-day deals. The Raptors are trying to acquire [13] the Grizzlies [14]‘€™ 22nd overall pick, according to ESPN.

The framework of the deal would be Toronto sending veteran swingman John Salmons [15] and the 37th overall pick to Memphis in exchange for Tayshaun Prince [16] and the 22nd pick.

The move benefits the Rapotors because it would put them in position to select Syracuse guard (and Ontario native) Tyler Ennis.

By making the trade, the Grizzlies [17] would be able to take Prince’€™s $7.7 million salary cap hit off their books for next season.


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[1] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] tweeted: https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/482197086285598720

[3] June 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/statuses/482197086285598720

[4] Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm

[5] tweeted: https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/482196120404504577

[6] June 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/statuses/482196120404504577

[7] including a deal: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11130490/detroit-pistons-sacramento-kings-discussing-josh-smith-trade

[8] DeMarcus Cousins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/demarcus-cousins.htm

[9] Rudy Gay: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rudy-gay.htm

[10] Cavaliers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/cleveland-cavaliers.htm

[11] tweeted: https://twitter.com/BobCooney76/status/482217243346878464

[12] June 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/BobCooney76/statuses/482217243346878464

[13] trying to acquire: http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2014/story/_/id/11139527/toronto-raptors-hunt-memphis-grizzlies-no-22-pick

[14] Grizzlies: http://media.weei.com/basketball/grizzlies.htm

[15] John Salmons: http://media.weei.com/basketball/john-salmons.htm

[16] Tayshaun Prince: http://media.weei.com/basketball/tayshaun-prince.htm

[17] Grizzlies: http://media.weei.com/basketball/memphis-grizzlies.htm

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