LaMelo Ball is considered as one of the top prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft so it makes sense for him to be interviewed by the Golden State Warriors. But assuming he is likely gone in the top five, it makes little sense for the New York Knicks to talk with him.
Of course, it cannot be discounted that the Knicks could be planning a trade to get him to Gotham. In fact, a deal between the Knicks and the Warriors cannot be discounted. Most know that the Dubs have their eyes on Anthony Edwards but the problem there is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are selecting first.
Ironically, the T-Wolves are reportedly more interested in Ball over Edwards. Minnesota needs some offensive sock, making the younger brother of Lonzo Ball a plausible addition. He could blend in well with top stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell.
For the Warriors, the wise bet would have been James Wiseman. The 7-foot-1 center from Memphis could be Steve Kerr's answer to his big man woes. But the fact that Wiseman needs work on other skills, particularly his offense, makes him a risky selection. Hence, Edwards or Ball would be a more plausible pick.
It remains unknown what the Warriors and the Knicks discussed with Ball. The talks were revealed by Jalen Rose and David Jacoby of ESPN, likely a formality to make sure that all incoming rookies are properly evaluated.
.@MeloD1P tells us a couple teams he has talked to so far......@jalenandjacoby pic.twitter.com/lLivvJglJj — Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) October 15, 2020
The Knicks would love to get Ball, another club that is in dire need of offense. They are likely to trade someone from their end to get the 19-year-old to their side. However, Tom Thibodeau may want to consider that Ball needs work on defense and his perimeter shooting. Also, most know that LaMelo's father, LaVar Ball, has been known to be loud. He could be a distraction although expect the Knicks to handle that and draw the line.
Assuming the Dubs do end up with Ball, Kerr is likely to skim the Knicks for players who can compliment his core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Mitchell Robinson could be an interesting target. If not, he could try Julius Randle. In short, expect the Warriors to look for a center-forward to provide them a better inside presence on both ends.
The 2020 NBA Draft happens on Nov. 18 and the only thing known now is that Edwards, Ball and Wiseman (not necessarily in that order) will be the top five selections. The top pick is a toss-up between Edwards and Ball, meaning Golden State needs to cover all bases for their second-overall pick.