With Adam Silver still hours away from taking to the stage and the 2014 NBA Draft yet to begin in earnest, one top prospect has perhaps let slip some pivotal news already.
A tweet from the official account of Joel Embiid, many people's first overall pick prior to a recent foot injury picked up by the player, sent Thursday morning simply read:
"I'm a Laker."
The Tweet has since been deleted by the highly rated prospect.
The NBA Draft, and it's sister event the Draft lottery, are no strangers to controversy with talk of collusion and foul-play going as far back as 1985.
The likelihood of the Kansas Jayhawks center having had inside information from the Lakers, and then subsequently divulging that information to the public domain prior to the draft itself, is however fairly slim.
The player himself tried to stop the problem at source, taking to social media shortly after the original message to claim it was just a "friend playing with (my) phone."
The Unknown Known
The statement nevertheless is likely to get people questioning the draft process in the hours before the 2014 incarnation gets underway.
The Lakers hold the number seven pick, and whilst several mock drafts have the giant Cameroonian native slipping as far down as that position following a week fraught with injury concerns, neither he nor the purple and gold franchise would be able to say with certainty that Joel Embiid Lakers jersey would be on sale in coming weeks unless the Lakers traded up to number one.
A scenario which is just about as unlikely as a draft prospect knowing where they will be taken before the draft begins.
The Likely Lads
Embiid is most likely telling the truth. We sometimes forget that the men who are set to become NBA players by Friday, are in reality young guys in their teens or early twenties.
Embiid himself was only 20 three months ago and you can accept his theory that he and his friends were simply messing around with time to kill before the player suits up in New York.
The Tweet will however have got the hopes of LA Lakers fans up in the run up to the draft. Even though the former Kansas star has his injury worries he would still be a great pick at the number seven slot.
He will however have to keep a closer eye on his phone when he starts playing in the pros to avoid any other unfortunate incidents.
We just hope he has calmed down a little by the time he does hear his name called Thursday evening, as, judging by his latest Tweet he is far from happy.
Check out Embiid's highlight real tomorrow to see why team's will be looking to take a chance on him at tonight's draft...