LaMelo Ball Confirms Talks with Warriors, Knicks Ahead of 2020 NBA Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 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. The point guard from California who bypassed college and played overseas is expected to be one of the top picks when the twice-delayed NBA draft is held in November.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
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Top prospect LaMelo Ball has had Zoom interviews with both the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks ahead of the 2020 NBA draft, he told Jalen and Jacoby Wednesday:

Jalen Rose @JalenRose

.@MeloD1P tells us a couple teams he has talked to so far......@jalenandjacoby https://t.co/lLivvJglJj

The Warriors currently hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, while the Knicks sit at No. 8.

According to Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman, Ball is the No. 1 prospect in the class.

Ball could join a Warriors team that should return to contention in 2020-21 with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson set to return from injuries.

Although he would likely start on the bench, he could still make a significant impact for a playoff team before potentially developing into a star down the line.

His father, LaVar Ball, has said Golden State is a bad fit, but LaMelo has disagreed.

"I feel like I can play on any team," the young prospect said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "Anywhere's a great fit."

The Knicks also think highly of Ball, with Marc Berman of the New York Post reporting the team sees a drop-off from the other point guards in the class. However, the team will likely have to move up in the first round to get him.

Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic concocted multiple options to trade up, including giving up Mitchell Robinson in a move to No. 2 overall.

The team must decide if it's worth it to add the 6'7" guard who averaged 17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists for Illawarra in the NBL last season.


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