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Milwaukee Bucks Will Reportedly Pass on Joel Embiid

The Milwaukee Bucks, who will have the second overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, plan to pass on Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid, per multiple reports.

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It seems Joel Embiid will not wear a Milwaukee Bucks uniform. 

Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry told Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 23 that Embiid's broken foot injury makes their decision -- they hold the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26 -- "a lot easier": 

"Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry did not shy away from speaking about the NBA draft when he addressed a breakfast audience Monday morning at the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee. 

"Lasry said 'our decision got a lot easier' because of the broken foot suffered last week by Kansas (Jayhawks) freshman Joel Embiid. 

"'I think it's hard to take Embiid,' Lasry said at a Newsmaker breakfast sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club and Rotary Club. 'He's a phenomenal individual. But with the injury, and how severe and how long it will take him to recover, I think for us today we're going to want someone who is going to help us on Day 1.

"'A lot of it is going to depend on what Cleveland does. The other part of it is who contacts us and different things we hear from the draft pick.'

"Cleveland has the top overall pick and the Bucks have the No. 2 pick in addition to three second-round picks in the NBA draft Thursday night. 

"Lasry said co-owner Wesley Edens flew to Milwaukee to attend the Bucks' workout of Andrew Wiggins on Friday. 

"Wiggins, a freshman guard-forward from Kansas, and Jabari Parker, a freshman forward from Duke, are considered the leading candidates to be selected No. 1 overall. 

"'We're massively excited,' Lasry said fo the team's draft hopes. 'When you sort of look at it, I think both players would be a phenomenal addition to our team. 

"'If it's Parker, I think it would be great. If it's Wiggins, it would be great. You're not going to be disappointed either way. 

"'I think both players bring you different things. For us, I think it's great. If we get Wiggins or Parker, I think for the team you'll start seeing changes pretty quickly, because they are really great players.'"

Lasry also told Gardner about the team's plans of building a new downtown arena. He and other Bucks executives will meet with several stadium developers in New York on June 25 to get a better idea of the overall cost -- which Lasry expects to be between $350 million and $400 million. 

He and Edens have pleged $100 million for that project while former Bucks owner Herb Kohl pledged that same amount. Lasry says the new arena will have a capacity between 16,000 and 18,000, per The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report. 

Lasry also added several other updates regarding the Bucks' future plans during the breakfast meeting, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman: 

"Lasry also reiterated his desire to change the team's color scheme, but said at Monday's Newsmaker Breakfast he was told a return to purple is out because of 'the dreaded Vikings' -- referring to the Minnesota Vikings. 

"'We'll be building our team through draft picks, then bring in FAs, and hopefully, in three to five years we'll be contending for a championship,' Lasry tweeted during his takeover of the Bucks official account Monday morning.

"Additional investors in the franchise will be announced July 15, according to Lasry. He indicated at the event that he and fellow co-owner Wesley Edens are requiring a minimum investment of $5 million, although some excpetions could be made." 

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