Ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft, it appears LaMelo Ball has a preference
The 2020 NBA Draft will unquestionably be one of the most uniques in recent draft history, assuming it remains on schedule. As it currently stands, the 2020 NBA Draft is slated to take place October 16, shortly after the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.
One of the biggest names in the 2020 draft class is LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of current New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball. He’s arguably the top prospect, too, and has one of the biggest ceilings of any player in the draft.
While there are questions about his game, mostly revolving around the fact that scouts don’t have a huge sample size of him against prime competition (he played this past season in the NBL in Australia. Nevertheless, he’s still projected to be a top 5 pick no matter how the draft unfolds.
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Interestingly enough, as was the case for Lonzo during his draft process, it appears that Ball’s camp is reportedly trying to push him towards the New York Knicks. The real kicker is that teams reportedly know this now.
That important revelation could actually work against the Knicks, or it could even help them in a way. First, here is the exact report from Ian Begley.
As teams do their homework on players in the draft, there’s been a consistent theme about LaMelo Ball: multiple teams believe Ball and those in his circle prefer that he lands in New York.
If teams know that the Knick want Ball and that Ball wants to land with the Knicks, teams selecting ahead of the Knicks could hold this over their head. Teams drafting ahead of the Knicks could hold out for a king’s ransom to draft Ball.
On the other hand, another team that perhaps is willing to trade down could have New York on line 1 and could even help facilitate a trade for them to land LaMelo Ball. Hey, let’s be a bit positive. Perhaps there is a team out there that would be willing to help the Knicks land their man.
Bottom line: the New York Knicks want LaMelo Ball and it appears that LaMelo Ball wants to be in New York. Will it all come to fruition at the 2020 NBA Draft?