Joel Embiid will soon meet with his first NBA team. The former Kansas center will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers in the near future, and the team will give him a physical to make sure his sore back has healed. This is the first visit Embiid will take, and he will not meet with any other teams until the Cavaliers get the chance to watch him and decide if he’s worthy of being selected No. 1 overall.
Embiid won’t visit another team until the Cavaliers are given a chance to determine if they will select Embiid with the top pick in the NBA draft on June 26.
Embiid sat out the last six games of Kansas’ season due to a stress fracture in his back, missing the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. Embiid worked out for NBA personnel last week in Los Angeles.
The 7-foot Cameroon native has been projected as a likely top choice throughout the season. That’s why Embiid won’t visit with Milwaukee or Philadelphia, which have the next two picks, until Cleveland has a chance to review his case for No. 1.
Embiid’s representatives and the Cavs are working toward finding an appropriate date, time and even perhaps place to conduct the interview and physical. The possibility remains it could be in Cleveland but that has not been determined.
Embiid did not attend the Chicago NBA pre-draft combine earlier this month where he would have undergone one physical, with the results available for all 30 NBA teams.
Cleveland still could deal the No. 1 pick, and that’s another reason why Embiid’s representatives want to see where the Cavs stand before offering up potential visits or interviews. The Sixers likely would have to move up to the No. 1 spot to get a chance to visit with Embiid.