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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  getting the opportunity to draft the promising big man, something that Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted  could be a possibility.
Joel Embiid’s seriously in play for three spots in top part of lottery: 76ers (3), Celtics  (6), Lakers (7), league sources tell Yahoo.
‘ Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014 
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  and Kings, which would include point guard Rajon Rondo  and Sacramento’s eighth overall pick as the two main components, may not come to fruition.
Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears tweeted  that the Kings seem to be content to keep their pick.
The Kings appear poised to keep the 8th pick, sources said.
‘ Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 26, 2014 
The Kings have been at the forefront of trade rumors recently, including a deal  to acquire Pistons forward Josh Smith, adding him to a frontcourt that already includes DeMarcus Cousins  and Rudy Gay .
— 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  and draft Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins.
Tom Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted  that the 76ers are doing everything they can to pry the top pick from Cleveland.
According to league source, Sixers in full court press with Cleveland to get No. 1 pick. “They really, really, really want Wiggins.”
‘ Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) June 26, 2014 
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  aren’t the only Atlantic Division team reportedly looking to make a few draft-day deals. The Raptors are trying to acquire  the Grizzlies ‘ 22nd overall pick, according to ESPN.
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  would be able to take Prince’s $7.7 million salary cap hit off their books for next season.
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 tweeted: https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/482197086285598720
 June 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/statuses/482197086285598720
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/482196120404504577
 June 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/statuses/482196120404504577
 including a deal: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11130490/detroit-pistons-sacramento-kings-discussing-josh-smith-trade
 DeMarcus Cousins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/demarcus-cousins.htm
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 tweeted: https://twitter.com/BobCooney76/status/482217243346878464
 June 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/BobCooney76/statuses/482217243346878464
 trying to acquire: http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2014/story/_/id/11139527/toronto-raptors-hunt-memphis-grizzlies-no-22-pick
 Grizzlies: http://media.weei.com/basketball/grizzlies.htm
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