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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams that have reached out to express interest in 2020 draft prospect LaMelo Ball, as relayed by basketball reporter Adam Zagoria on Forbes.com.
Along with the Blazers, the New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets have reached out to Ball’s old school (SPIRE Academy in Geneva, Ohio), Zagoria reported.
Meanwhile, Cavs assistant general manager Mike Gansey recently scouted Ball, who is playing in Australia’s NBL this season as he waits to become eligible for the draft. Gansey is said to like what he saw in Ball, a 6-foot-7 point guard with NBA-ready passing and ball-handling skills.
Zagoria reiterated the Cavs’ interest in his report.
“LaMelo is a 6-foot-7-plus playmaker who sees the floor at an elite level,” SPIRE director Justin Brantley told Zagoria. “He makes everyone around him better and has shown that his game tends to get better as the level of competition rises around him.”
Brantley went to say that Ball’s fame in basketball circuits should have a Zion Williamson-like positive impact on ticket sales for the NBA team that drafts him.
Ball is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, the former No. 2 overall draft pick.
As Zagoria noted, Memphis freshman center James Wiseman and Georgia freshman shooting guard Anthony Edwards are other expected to be at the top of next year’s draft class.