Did Jabari Parker tank Cavs workout to get drafted by the Bucks?

June 23, 2014

Jabari Parker hopes to be No. 2. (Gerry Broome / AP)

Just how badly would Jabari Parker prefer not to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday?

Badly enough to have deliberately performed poorly at his workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, ESPN reports. The former Duke star, who is from Chicago, would rather be the No. 2 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. From Chad Ford:

Parker came in to work out on Friday in front of the Cavs’ front office and ownership. Parker wasn’t great. He was a bit heavy (he weighed in at 255 pounds), didn’t shoot the ball well and got winded at times. Furthermore, two different sources told ESPN.com that Parker seemed a bit indifferent. One source said he thought Parker “tanked” the workout.

Why? A source says he strongly prefers to play in Milwaukee. The Cavs appear to be aware of this. “Jabari wasn’t himself,” one source said. “It was clear we weren’t his first option.”

Despite his worst efforts, he could still end up in Cleveland, though. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the Cavs are “leaning toward” Parker.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · June 23, 2014