LaMelo Ball is getting closer to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA and he is clear where he wants to do it: in the New York Knicks. The youngest of the Ball saga will begin to know his destiny on August 25, when the ping-pong balls roll and the franchises know their destiny in the 2020 draft.
A few months later, exactly on October 16, LaMelo will know if he manages to play for the whole of the Big Apple. New Yorkers are a team of anything but palatable, for now, but it seems they want to take steps in the right direction and players like Julius Randle or RJ Barrett are a base on which to grow little by little.
After the failure of the last free agency, in which many considered them as favorites to get Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and were left without both, the franchise of « the city that never sleeps » wants this year not to return happen.
Lillard and Booker, among the objectives
What player would not want to learn from men like Damian Lillard or Devin Booker? This is what Ball may think, since in recent days it has been known that the management of the Knicks would be trying to sign one of these two bases, which would be good for LaVar’s son to grow up without that pressure with which his brother Lonzo did, but could cut his progression.
The Big Apple team continues to try to convince some league superstar to join their project
Ian Begley of SNY.TV, has been in charge of giving the news, and has commented that he knows that it seems crazy that someone wants to go to a team like New York, at the moment, but something must be taken into account. If the Ball family has been known for anything, it is because of the continuous barrabasadas that LaVar, the father of creatures, has made.
What better than to continue playing your cards in the most famous city in the world. The pressure of having a father like that could cope with Lonzo during his stay in Los Angeles, but LaMelo is a player who has always stayed on the sidelines and has tried not to influence his father too much in his career.
The Knicks have a 37.2% chance of picking a pick 4 from the draft and a 50% chance of choosing among the top 8. All predictions speak of the youngest of the Balls coming out in one of these positions. LaVar himself has said on more than one occasion where his son wants to play, so if the New York franchise does not choose in one of the first 2 positions and nobody has chosen him before, it may be that LaMelo wears the Knickerbokers shirt.
If, on the other hand, you are lucky enough to have the first or second choice, it may be that they opt for players like the interior James Wiseman. A player that everyone sees as number 1 in the draft and who could use a team that also needs an interior.