The New York Post's Marc Berman reported Saturday the Knicks "never got a chance" to watch Ball in the National Basketball League.
Berman added it might not matter too much.
New York already fired head coach David Fizdale in December, and SNY's Ian Begley reported "multiple Madison Square Garden people in positions of influence have been 'obsessed' with - and 'enamored' by" Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.
Knicks president Steve Mills and/or general manager Scott Perry may be out of a job by the time the team is preparing for the draft in June.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Ball as the No. 1 overall player in his most recent big board. He made 12 appearances for the Illawarra Hawks, averaging 17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists while shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from beyond the arc.
The 6'7" guard would fit well in the Knicks rotation since the team lacks a long-term option at point guard. Elfrid Payton's $8 million salary for 2020-21 is only partially guaranteed, while neither Dennis Smith Jr. nor Frank Ntilikina looks suited to be a starting point guard.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball downplayed the difficulty his younger brother would have playing in the New York market:
At 11-32, the Knicks own the NBA's third-worst record, which would give them a tie for the highest odds of landing the No. 1 pick (14 percent), per Tankathon. New York would also have a 52.1 percent chance of falling in the top four.