What does Joel Embiid injury mean for the Jazz?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - With the news that Joel Embiid, the projected #1 pick in next week's NBA Draft, needs surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, the question is would the Utah Jazz select him if he falls to the 5th pick?

Embiid was pretty much a sure thing to be taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the top pick in the draft, but with this injury news, plus a back injury that forced him to miss the NCAA Tournament, is Embiid worth the risk if he falls to #5?

Embiid is considered the top prospect after averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds per game as a freshman at Kansas last year. At 7-feet tall, Embiid is a defensive force that has the highest potential of any player in the draft.

But foot surgery is expected to keep him sidelined for 4-6 months, so if he falls to the Jazz at #5, Utah officials need to figure out if its worth drafting him even if he has to sit out most or all of next season.

There are also rumors swirling around that the Jazz and Cavs are discussing a trade that would give the Jazz the #1 pick so they could select Jabari Parker in exchange for the #5 pick and Derrick Favors. At this point, however, those are just rumors.

An already intriguing draft just got even more fascinating.

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