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As I wrote previously, the Cavaliers shouldn't forget about Joel Embiid entirely.
If healthy, he should be the best player to come out of this draft class. His high level of play on both ends of the floor with just a few years of experience is nothing short of remarkable.
While the Cavs shouldn't risk the No. 1 overall pick on him anymore, he could still be available if they trade back a few spots.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reached out to one Western Conference executive who said he wouldn't take Embiid before the sixth pick because, "There's too much talent in this draft to justify it."
The injury concerns are real, but so is the potential. If Cleveland wants Embiid but also wishes to protect itself, a trade would be a must.
A deal like the one involving the Utah Jazz would net the Cavs a premier player like Favors while still likely allowing them to take Embiid. Not only would Cleveland come away with a surefire starter, but if Embiid comes back healthy and strong, the Cavs and David Griffin would look like geniuses.
There's also money to take into account.
If the Cavs stay at No. 1, they'll owe Embiid roughly $14.4 million over the next three years, per RealGM.com.
Should Cleveland move back to No. 5 and still get him, the rookie salary scale states he would earn around $9.3 million over those same three years.
If the Cavaliers decide Embiid is worth the risk and still want to draft him, trading back is the best way to do it.