INSIDER—Philly becoming a wild card for draft night

Orginally, it was the big three in the 2014 NBA Draft—Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid. With the injury to Embiid, we are down to two.

The Philadelphia 76ers, in a game of musical chairs, has had the music stop without a chair. It’s clear that general manager Sam Hinkie has been forced to hit the reset button.

Last night, reports surfaced (that I have not confirmed) that the Sixers were willing to move Michael Carter-Williams to the Lakers for the #7 pick, giving the Sixers the #3, #7 and #10 picks in this draft.

Now today:

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Sixers head coach Brett Brown has a relationship with Dante Exum from their time together in Australia. Smart at #3 is a new possibility. Orlando is supposedly desperate for a point guard but may have soured on Marcus Smart. If Smart were to go #3, most people believe that Exum would go #4.

However, a throwaway line in a Bleacher Report story about Aaron Gordon’s workout today in Los Angeles throws the Sixers plans into even more doubt.

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Is Aaron Gordon a possibility at #3, or is this a sign they may make the trade with the Lakers for the #7 pick, therefore making it almost certain the #3 pick would be Smart or Exum?

Much of how Utah’s night on Thursday develops will be predicated on what happens in Philly.

INSIDER – CBS Sports Zach Harper Mock Draft

Another mock draft is out post the Joel Embiid injury.  CBS Sports Zach Harper places Embiid in Philadelphia and this means the Jazz are still playing off Orlando pick at 4.

Under this scenario the Jazz are deciding between Smart, Vonleh, Gordon and Randle

Zach Harper mock draft

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LOCKE TAKE:  Vonleh is impressive and the national media seems to have zeroed in on this as the draft pick.  I think it is still a large discussion inside the Jazz office about Vonleh, Gordon, Smart or Randle.  No way is this a done deal in the Jazz front office

Zach Harper has the Jazz are #23 going with 3 and D Cleanothy Early

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LOCKE TAKE:  Interesting names around 23.  Early, Harrison, Wilcox all worked out for the Jazz.  Wilcox is the best shooter of the group.  Early is ready.  He and Wilcox are both older and both can shoot.  Wilcox is a natural 2 and Early is a 3

PODCAST—NBA Draft by the numbers—ESPN

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke talks with ESPN Insider and numbers expert Kevin Pelton about this year’s NBA Draft and what to do with Embiid and Love.

This was recorded on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

TIPOFF—June 20—Parker, Embiid and Love

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke discusses the Embiid injury and its impact, plus draft rumors and Kevin Love.

INSIDER—Basketball Insiders’ new mock drafts—who’s most likely to take Embiid

The news of the foot surgery for projected No. 1 pick Joel Embiid has rocked the NBA Draft. Mock drafts are being re-done everywhere.

The crew at Basketball Insiders re-did their mock drafts—and look who is most likely to take Joel Embiid.

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LOCKE’S TAKE—I have a hard time believing the Jazz can afford this type of risk. There is no question that a healthy Embiid is a franchise changer. However, an Embiid that never gets healthy for a franchise that must hit on the draft because free agency is not an option seems to be too big of a risk. This is also the first time we see the name Julius Randle lined to the Jazz. It’s worth nothing that Aaron Gordon is on the board for the Jazz pick and according to these men the team passes on Gordon every time.

INSIDER—Draft Express releases its latest mock draft

Draft Express released another mock draft after the stunning injury to Joel Embiid.

NBA Draft Express says ..

draft expressLOCKE’S TAKE—Same as below, I’m surprised that Orlando goes with Embiid. Focussing on the Jazz, the decision may come down to how the Jazz want to play. If they are going up-tempo with Quin Snyder and playing a lot of early offense, do they believe that Vonleh can run? If they are concerned, then the question becomes: Do they think Aaron Gordon can shoot enough to be an effective player? A stretch 4 is not only on the offensive end, it is also on the defensive end. Gordon may move more naturally for a defensive stretch 4, but at this point he doesn’t have the offensive skills that Vonleh does.

Marcus Smart is the wild card.

INSIDER—Latest mock draft by Chad Ford has the Jazz taking Vonleh

Due to the incredible news that Joel Embiid has a stress fracture to his foot, ESPN’s Chad Ford has updated his mock draft.

Here is Chad Ford’s latest mock draft

Here is his result and summation for the Jazz:

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Click here for the Video Breakdown of Noah Vonleh 

LOCKE’S TAKE—I would be surprised if Embiid is taken at No. 4 by Orlando. Unless they think No. 12 gives them enough security to do it. Orlando can’t afford a miss, and there is a real chance that Embiid is Bowie, Oden, etc.

If Vonleh is on the board, the Jazz will strongly consider the mammoth 18-year-old with a versatile skill set.

PODCAST—ESPN NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford (Part 2)

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke and ESPN NBA Draft Expert Chad Ford continue their draft conversation.