Ford: Embiid mocked at #6, Woj: Embiid to Sixers at #3 or Celtics at #6

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics may not have won the lottery, but they could end up winning the draft.

Philadelphia and Boston (and Los Angeles) were both privy to Embiid's medical report and according to Chad Ford, it's worse than we thought:

Sources say that the foot and back fractures aren't the only issues with Embiid's physical; there are several other issues that need to be addressed. The Celtics also are engaged in a number of different trade scenarios that could alter their plan (by either trading the pick or getting an established star who would necessitate getting a player in the draft who could help them now).

After losing out on Omer Asik to the Pelicans and with the Kevin Love trade talks apparently dead, getting Embiid at #6 would be a godsend.  It's a big gamble, but I'm sure Danny won't make a gamble without some assurances from his medical staff.  We can argue whether or not drafting injury-prone players like Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger have been a success, but it's clear that Ainge is a risk taker and if Embiid is available, look for Danny to take another.  Embiid tweeted late last night that "I'm a laker" and that simply could have meant that Kupchak promised his agent, Arn Tellum, that he won't fall past #7, but with Philly and Boston picking ahead of them, it's very doubtful he falls to Los Angeles. But then there's this possibility:

For what it's worth, Ford has Dario Saric at #17.

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