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2014 NBA Draft: Lakers ‘Would Consider’ Drafting Kansas’ Joel Embiid

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The Los Angeles Lakers will have a tough decision to make once they are on the clock during the 2014 NBA draft next week. Plenty of talented prospects will likely be available for the Lakers at No. 7 possibly including Kansas center Joel Embiid.

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With Embiid undergoing successful surgery on his injured right foot on Friday, the center will need four to six months to recovery, but the Lakers won’t rule out taking him if he falls to them in the draft, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

It could depend on Kansas center Joel Embiid, who will likely drop as the top pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers because he will need surgery to treat a stress fracture in his right foot. The Lakers would consider selecting Embiid should he become available, according to a person familiar with the Lakers’ thinking. But such an idea would hinge on Embiid’s recovery.

The last time the Lakers had a lottery pick, it was back in 2005. The storied franchise rolled the dice on a seven-footer out of high school in Andrew Bynum. Los Angeles was able to land Bynum with the 10th pick in the draft and as a result, brought in a talented center with enormous potential to become the next great Lakers center.

Unfortunately, even though Bynum helped the Lakers win two titles, the center dealt with persistent knee injuries that ultimately led to the Lakers deciding to trade him in the summer of 2012. Los Angeles acquired Dwight Howard in a four-team blockbuster trade sending Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Not only did Bynum never pan out the way the team had hoped, but the Lakers have dealt with seemingly endless injuries over the last two seasons. That being said, the team gambling on another potentially injury-prone center seems like an unnecessary risk.

Other notable players that could potentially be available for the Lakers at No. 7 are Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana). All of these players mentioned have worked out for the Lakers along with Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and P.J. Hairston (North Carolina).
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  • don’t draft embiid

    no no no no no no no we don’t need someone made of glass

  • JudeUSCKeck95

    Then the Franchise would be setting themselves way back. I’m a Physical Therapist of 5yrs now, and I read about Embiid’s injury being the Navicular bone. An injury to that bone is a “game-changer” for athletes, especially those big lumbering types that have to jump/elevate repeatedly. Healing of this bone and those connected to it is tricky due to poor blood circulation in that area. This is the same injury that sent Yao Ming to retirement folks. The Lakers, given their state right now, would be committing franchise suicide if they roll the dice and draft Embiid.

    • Zimmeredge

      There’s still this possibility of drafting embiid but imo it´s between randle and vonleh. It seems that philly is trying everything to get after randle. They were the one who talked about his foot injury. They made up a rumeur in order to hurt his draft stock in order select him at 10. But it didn’t work out. So now they have to put up a plan. We Know that we are also looking for a pg and lavine, payton and ennis will all be available at ten. We get thad + pick10 and they get randle.
      But if if was the fo i’ll keep 7 bring in randle or vonleh keep gasol or bring a superstar game changent player and build around a Bryant/randle-vonleh/gasol or Bryant/superstar/vonleh-randle.
      Having thad young with gasol is also a great thing tho and having a young pg too. Just to get multiple players is a great thing, but at this point it´s still very early to make a choice,

      • A Fan

        If LA’s gonna draft a PG, I’d go for Smart over Lavine, Payton, and Ennis. Embiid or Randle would be good but I’ll be extremely wary because of their reported injuries. Rumors or not, that could send some red flags. Gotta remember Sam Bowie and Greg Oden. Especially Greg Oden as he was just as hyped up as Embiid, if not more hyped up. And after looking up scouting reports about Vonleh, I highly doubt he’d still be available when it’s LA’s turn to draft.

        • Zimmeredge

          Exum will go at three and smart will be gone at 4 or 5.

        • Terrence

          Lavine isn’t a point guard.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Are you a foot doctor?Are you a orthopedic surgeon?

    • Tune

      I read this exact comment on ESPN

  • LakersHeatBeef

    If Joel Embiid and he is a major bust the franchise will survive.But if you want to take a risk then Joel Embiid is you’re guy.If not draft someone else.Embiid can heal up and become a big time superstar then what ha?

  • Jim213

    Not sure how this rumor may go and if FO is serious then they’d be doing their research before gambling their only pick on a player who’s experienced injuries at such a young age but leave it to the pros.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      While Joel Embiid and Yao Ming share the same injury, don’t expect the Kansas prospect to suffer a similar career path, writes Dr. Mark Adickes.

      Mark also went on ESPN Sportscenter televised show and said he expects Joel Embiid to make a full recovery and it will not be like Yao Ming career ending situation.

      Dr. Mark Adickes was the Rockets team doctor at the time of Yao Ming and his foot injuries.

      Another thing is many doctors and people in the know are saying Joel Embiid will be back playing competitive basketball in 4 to 6 months meaning he could be back on opening night playing or at the latest on Christmas Day so their is a lot to like still about Joel Embiid.Well many of us wanted Joel Embiid all along anyways and we may still get him how insane is that?I was hoping for the top 3 pick so we get Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins now we might get Joel Embiid after all.I feel good vibes about this.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Dr. Mark Adickes says that Joel Embiid will have a great career in the NBA and this injury will have no bearing on his career and he should have a lengthy career with good health.

    • WreXerM3

      That is one doctors opinion. Not all of them share the same. For every one who is that optimistic, there’s someone whose opinion is a complete 180. If the Lakers are serious about Embiid, they SERIOUSLY must comb the country of the best specialists and get a wide ranging set of opinions and then see which most are leaning to,

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Dr. Klapper also said that Joel Embiid will be worth drafting in the lottery and he will recover just fine.I understand what you are saying it is a complicated situation certainly pertaining to the injury concerns.But in life sometimes we all take a gamble at some point this might be a gamble worth taking only Mitch and Jim Buss know for sure the rest of us are just discussing a real life situation.

  • VillainKing

    I think he is still be a top 4 pick in the draft..

  • Jacob

    lebron will never be better than black mamba

  • Terrence

    His foot is troubling, but not as much as if it was his knees. Illgauskas case shows it is possible to fix feet. Yao ultimately decided to hang it up after undergoing the same procedure, but his mileage was so much higher. He was getting no breaks with the Chinese National team training picking up right after the NBA season ended. Bowie, Bynum, and Oden are lower leg issues. If we’re drafting for talent and he’s available, then I’d vote for taking a chance. Wiggins, Parker, Exum, and Vonleh aren’t going to be there at 7. Between Embiid and Smart, I’d go with Embiid. Kyle Lowry is available in free agency and he’s a proven NBA point guard.

    • nlruizjr

      plus Yao was probably a lot heavier on his feet than Embiid, so you have to take that into consideration also.

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