New Bucks owner Marc Lasry apparently showed his team's hand Monday morning while speaking to the Milwaukee Press Club. Lasry indicated that the Bucks, who have the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, will not be selecting injured Kansas big man Joel Embiid.
From Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Lasry is ruling out Bucks taking Embiid. "Our decision got a lot easier, mainly because Embiid got hurt."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 23, 2014
"It's hard to take Embiid," Lasry said. "We want somebody who is going to help us on Day 1."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 23, 2014
Embiid could still potentially go No. 1 to the Cavaliers. If he doesn't, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins could end up off the board by the time the Sixers pick at No. 3.
The Bucks were the worst team in the NBA last season at 15-67. Last week, the Cavs' medical staff discovered a stress fracture in Embiid's foot. He had surgery on Friday and is expected to miss 4-6 months of action. Based on previous situations with injured incoming rookies (including 2013 No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel), it would not be a surprise to see Embiid sit out the entire 2014-15 season.
The Bucks are currently seeking to build a new arena in Milwaukee.