LaMelo Ball Rumors: Wizards Sent 'Multiple People' to Scout PG in Australia

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2020

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks carries the ball up during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney.  LaMelo Ball's bone bruise on his left foot is expected to keep him out of the Illawarra Hawks lineup for the remainder of the National Basketball League season in Australia. The 18-year-old American, who joined Illawarra as part of the NBL's Next Stars program, is expected to be a first-round pick in this year's NBA draft.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
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The Washington Wizards showed plenty of interest in LaMelo Ball this year, sending "multiple people" to scout the guard prospect in the NBL, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports. 

The organization also hired a full-time scout in Australia this offseason, giving even more chances to see Ball play.

The guard appeared in 12 games for the Illawarra Hawks before a foot injury ended his season, finishing with averages of 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman listed Ball as the No. 1 overall player in the 2020 NBA draft class in his latest big board.

There is uncertainty surrounding the draft considering the 2019-20 season remains on hiatus due to the coronavirus, but the Wizards currently have a 4.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery, per Tankathon.

The team has a 20.3 percent chance of securing a top-four pick.

If Washington can move up high enough to take Ball, it could end up with another big-time playmaker in the backcourt.

Bradley Beal is in the midst of the best year of his career, averaging 30.5 points and 6.1 assists per game before the season was suspended. He also has at least two years remaining on his contract before potentially hitting free agency.

John Wall also remains under team control through at least 2021-22 with more than $80 million owed over the next two seasons. This contract will make him difficult to move when you consider he hasn't played since December 2018 due to an Achilles injury.

Ball could represent Wall's successor at point guard or play alongside him in one of the most exciting backcourts in the NBA.