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5 Reasons Why Cleveland Cavaliers Must Still Consider Drafting Joel Embiid
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With less than a week to go before the 2014 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers may have to change their plans.

Joel Embiid, who many believed would be the Cavs' pick at No. 1, has suffered yet another physical setback.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot that will require surgery.

There were already concerns about his troublesome back, which held him out of Kansas' run in the NCAA tournament. As good as he has been on the court, these injuries are two major red flags for teams to consider before taking the 20-year-old center.

While logic would tell Cleveland to now select Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins, one shouldn't rule out drafting Embiid just yet. Even if the Cavaliers don't feel comfortable taking Embiid first overall, there should be a number of teams (Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3, Utah Jazz at No. 5) that are dying to trade up. Cleveland could possibly still get Embiid later in the lottery while picking up additional picks/players in the process.

Whatever they choose to do, the Cavs need to keep Embiid high on their draft board and still strongly consider him for the following five reasons.

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