Prospective first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft LaMelo Ball didn't give up much information in regards to what teams he's been talking to during his pre-Draft process.
But the Knicks were the lone exception.
Speaking on a Zoom call with reporters on Monday, Ball confirmed that he has talked to the Knicks, who own the eighth overall pick in the Draft. If they wish to take him, they almost certainly need to trade up, as Ball is considered to be a Top 3 choice let alone Top 5.
When asked about talking to the Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 1 pick) and Chicago Bulls (No. 4), Ball said "I don't know" and "no" respectively. He did, however, note that he would be able to fit in with any team regardless of what players were around him.
Newsday's Steve Popper made sure to point out that Ball's interview with the Knicks also came before the NBA Draft lottery took place, where the Knicks fell two slots to No. 8 overall.
The youngest Ball showcased a different side to his game down in Australia last year, one of a facilitating playmaker instead of a shooter that took threes from 30 feet and beyond. At 6-foot-8, LaMelo Ball is also taller than his oldest brother, Lonzo, who is two inches shorter and went No. 2 overall in his 2017 Draft class.
Other than Ball, G Anthony Edwards and C James Wiseman are considered the best three draft prospects this year.