Thursday's news that Kansas center Joel Embiid, arguably the top prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft, has a broken bone in his right foot shook up the league and may in fact have ramifications for the Orlando Magic's strategy.
Orlando Sentinel scribe Josh Robbins asked Rob Hennigan, Orlando's general manager, about Embiid for a story published Friday.
"We're going to try to gather as much information as we can, and we're going to continue to do so right up until the draft," Hennigan said, according to Robbins. "We have some information now, and we're always looking to acquire more information that can help us make a decision."
Robbins notes that Arn Tellem, Embiid's agent, will decide which teams will have access to Embiid's medical information.
Before word of his broken foot spread, Embiid appeared to be assured of going first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft, set for Thursday, June 26th. Now that outcome is less certain, meaning the Cameroonian center could fall to the Magic.
Most experts consider Embiid, his Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins, Duke forward Jabari Parker, and Australian point guard Dante Exum to be, in some order, the four best prospects in the Draft. Orlando, picking fourth overall, may face a difficult choice between Embiid and a lesser prospect with better health.
Robbins' full story is available at the Orlando Sentinel's website.