The Ball is in the Knicks’ court.
LaMelo Ball acknowledged speaking with the Knicks during the lead-up to the 2020 NBA Draft, but the 6-foot-7 point guard came out of those conversations unsure if new team president Leon Rose would trade up from the No. 8 spot to grab him.
LaMelo’s father Lavar Ball has said that he believes his son would be “a perfect fit” for New York, but that was before the Knicks likely landed out of LaMelo’s draft range in the lottery.
“Like I’ve said, I feel like any team I go to is a perfect fit, or a good fit,” Ball said Monday on a Zoom call.
Ball also described his meeting with the Knicks, as “pretty much just a meeting.” And when asked if he thought they might trade up for his rights, he replied, “That I don’t know, maybe, maybe not.”
The Knicks also possess the No. 27 pick in the draft from their trade sending Marcus Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers in February and the eighth pick in the second round (38th overall) from Charlotte from the Willy Hernangomez deal in 2018. And they received two future first-rounders from the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster.
The younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, the 19-year-old LaMelo is projected to go in the first few picks of the draft. The Post’s most recent mock draft Sunday had him going second overall to the Golden State Warriors.
Ball’s father also was quoted recently as saying he wouldn’t be a good fit with the Warriors. The three-time NBA champs will be getting back Steph Curry and Klay Thompson from injuries to start the 2020-21 season
“My old man, he’s his own man. He has his opinions, I have mine,” LaMelo Ball said. “Like I said, I feel like I can play on any team and do good, wherever I go. Anything that happens, I’m positive.
The Minnesota Timberwolves own the No.1 overall pick, but Ball didn’t disclose whether he’s had conversations with them.
“Ever since I was little, when you’d do little projects and stuff, that was one of my goals, to go to the NBA and be a No.1 pick,” he said.
In 2017, Ball was removed by his father from his high school in Chino Hills, California to sign with Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League, along with another brother, LiAngelo.
LaMelo Ball returned to the US to play with the Los Angeles Ballers in the Junior Basketball League, which his father created as an alternative to the college game. He then signed last year with the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League. Ball played in only 12 games due to a foot injury, but he averaged 17.0 points, 6.8 assists and 7.6 rebounds over those dozen appearances.
“I feel like (teams are) trying to get to know me because there’s a whole lot of stuff out there that doesn’t really, you won’t even know if it’s me or not,” Ball said. “So pretty much just getting to know me, I feel like. All the stuff in the media, how I am, they just want to know.”
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