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NBA Draft 2014 trade rumors: 76ers trade talk with Cavs, Joel Embiid at No. 3?

Will the Philadelphia 76ers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick?
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NBA Draft 2014 trade rumors still involve the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers in talks. If these latest NBA Draft 2014 trade rumors don't lead to anything, it appears that the 76ers could be selecting Kansas center Joel Embiid with the No. 3 overall selection. According to a report from NBA analyst Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday afternoon (June 26), it appears very likely that Embiid is heading to Philadelphia.

It had been suggested earlier in the day that the 76ers were working hard to nab the first overall selection from the Cavs in the first round. It could have created a lot of waves in the draft order, but now it appears that the team has backed off on that pursuit. A new report from Wojnarowski states that, "Philadelphia is no longer pursuing a deal with Cleveland for the No. 1 pick." This seems to make it likely that both teams will stand pat for the time being.

This could basically dictate that the first three players to come off the board will now be Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Embiid. That would not be too much of a surprise, even though the 76ers would be selecting a player that could potentially miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. He would be a project for the team to work on as it continues to rebuild, which is something that might really help the team if they feel that Embiid has the talent they can wait for.

As for the buzz surrounding other players in the final hours before the draft takes place, it appears that Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is garnering a lot of attention. Where recent mock drafts had him outside of the top 10 picks, it now appears that teams like the Utah Jazz are looking to select him as high as No. 5 overall. Several other NBA Draft 2014 trade rumors have scenarios that could alter that though. The energy that he provides on the court could mean he has an immediate impact on the league.

In addition to the No. 3 selection, the Philadelphia 76ers also have the No. 10 pick, meaning they could be adding two very talented players to the roster on Thursday.