Many of the top NBA draft prospects met with the media in New York on Wednesday, including Duke’s Jabari Parker. Perhaps you’re familiar.
Unlike most players, who by this point in their still-very-young careers are seasoned interview robots, Parker was frank in telling ESPN’s Andy Katz that he believes he’ll go No. 2 to the Bucks on Thursday night.
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) June 25, 2014
So while he didn’t say it word-for-word, it looks like Parker has a promise from the Bucks. If he’s there at No. 2, they’ll take him.
Jabari Parker says he's not opposed to going to Cavs, but said no commitment was made.Said Bucks told him they'd take him if he's there at 2
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 25, 2014
Of course, the question now becomes: will he be available? Word out of Cleveland on Tuesday was that the organization was split between Parker and Andrew Wiggins. Owner Dan Gilbert reportedly favors Wiggins, while the front office likes Parker.
As Parker said in the video above: “I didn’t get any real answers from the Cavs.”
Gilbert let Cavs front office + Mike Brown select Anthony Bennett. Gilbert was an Oladipo fan. He'll have a stronger voice this year.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 25, 2014
Whether the franchise is still split remains to be seen. Gilbert took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to refute claims that the Cavs are divided.
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) June 25, 2014
Even if the owner and the front office are “united,” it appears they’ve yet to make up their minds. Cleveland is reportedly hoping to bring in Dante Exum for a workout and meeting Wednesday, less than 30 hours before the draft.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 25, 2014
So. Cleveland is scrambling.
At this point, all Milwaukee can do is sit back and wait. If the Cavs go Wiggins or Exum, Parker will be the pick. If Parker goes to Cleveland, it will almost certainly be Wiggins.
Surely, more trade speculation and “[insert team here] really likes [insert prospect here]” talk will emerge throughout the day, but the one thing we know for sure is the Bucks want Jabari Parker and Jabari Parker wants the Bucks.