The week leading up to the NBA Draft has a lot of rumors and speculation that surround the prospects and NBA teams. Today’s rumor on Jabari Parker out of Duke, is one of the more intriguing rumors to come out.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN, Parker had a poor workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Friday, and the reason being is because he is rumored to want to play for the Milwaukee Bucks over the Cavaliers.
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.”
The latest rumor and mock drafts still show that the Cavaliers are leaning towards drafting Parker. However, the part of the article that Parker is leaning towards wanting to go to Milwaukee does make some sense.
Parker is from Chicago, Illinois. All of his family is a short drive from Milwaukee. It would make sense that he would like to stay closer to home rather than move to a city that is farther away. However, this is yet another rumor that may just be put out there to attract some kind of attention. Also, who knows if someone is trying to get the rumor going to see if they can get the Cavaliers to pass on Jabari, in hopes that he lands in Milwaukee.