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Givony says five teams are concerned about Willie’s foot

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Earlier, I shared Draft Express’ latest mock draft, which has Willie Cauley-Stein slipping to 11th to the Indiana Pacers. Draft Express president Jonathan Givony cited the reasons for the slide as “concerns around Cauley-Stein’s background and medical history,” which led to a little bit of an uproar from the Big Blue Nation because we love Willie.

Givony just released an update to further explain those concerns, which he says are centered around Willie’s ankle/foot, which was injured during the 2014 NCAA Tournament:

Five separate NBA teams we spoke with all indicated varying degrees of concern after consulting with their team doctors this week, with some saying it may cost the Kentucky big man a few spots on draft night. “There is some maintenance that needs to be done there, as it’s not completely clear whether the injury healed in a proper way. The pin that was inserted is supposed to be sitting at a 90 degree angle, but instead it’s at 45 degrees. That, plus some question marks about his background that came up could cause him to drop a few slots.”

(Hold up, is this 2014 again and we’re talking about Julius Randle?! No? Okay.)

Willie’s agent Rich Kleiman says they aren’t concerned about Willie’s foot or his stock, telling Givony that renowned ankle and foot specialist Martin O’Malley checked Willie’s foot last week and said it’s completely fine.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any clarity on these “question marks about his background.” I’d like to hear about that, please.

[DraftExpress]

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11 Comments for Givony says five teams are concerned about Willie’s foot



  1. HillbillyInBC
    2:24 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

    This is Disinformation Week. Those rumours are probably coming from agents of other players who hope their guys can move up a spot, or from teams lower in the draft hoping to scare off teams ahead of them so he’ll fall down to their slot.



    • inside info2
      3:02 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

      This.

      I’m not the biggest WCS fan, but the disinformation is going to be in full force now.



    • Chuck Norris
      3:29 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

      How can you not be a big fan of WCS? I’m not trying to be an a-hole, but there is nothing not to like about this kid – unless you’re one of those people who thinks having tattoos somehow makes you a bad person or “thug.”



    • inside info2
      4:05 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

      Tats are fine. It’s not showing up during the Final Four game against Wisconsin and literally acting like he didn’t know where he was or what he was supposed to be doing that made me upset with him. That wasn’t the only time during the season, but it was by far when we needed him to show up the most.



    • J-Dub421
      4:55 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

      Inside, since you blame Willie for that loss, tell me: with the exception of Karl Towns (who played pretty well in that game) who on our team played well in that game? I can’t blame it all on Willie, because I thought our whole team played pretty poorly in the Wisconsin game. No one shot very well, Devin didn’t even put up a three, Trey and Devin both got scored on at will, etc. We played a bad game at a very inopportune time. It happens.



  2. Tim Gray
    2:49 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

    there is not a better kid in the draft than Willie. If agents of other players are doing this, shame on them. Disgusting



  3. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    2:56 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

    Isn’t Martin O’Malley the governor of Maryland?



    • chief_cat
      8:46 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

      No. He is the former governor of Maryland thank God! He completed his second term of “tax everything possible” including the infamous rain tax last fall. Larry Hogan is now the governor of Maryland. Meanwhile, O’Malley has announced that he is running for President as a Democratic nominee.



  4. Jules
    3:04 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

    The background talk is probably a ploy, but the foot stuff sounds quite specific.



  5. J-Dub421
    3:16 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

    Willie looked fine all season long. I never saw him limp or indicate there was any problem with his foot, or pain from it. His foot looked just fine when he was cramming dunks in dudes faces all season long.



  6. Djdakayungdan
    3:37 pm June 22, 2015 Permalink

    Athleticism is his number one selling point, so health will be scrutinized heavily. Nobody wants an injury prone player (cough cough kyrie Irving)