LaMelo Ball to the Knicks: LaVar’s possible 2020 NBA Draft scheme
LaVar Ball now has said for a second time he’d like his son, LaMelo Ball, to wind up a Knick.
On the “Load Management” podcast Wednesday, Ball also stated he’s certain his youngest son will be considered for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Some league sources believe the Ball camp will try to steer the 18-year-old point guard to the Knicks, though such a maneuver will seem difficult if Leon Rose’s club doesn’t rise into the top four in the lottery.
The sixth-seeded Knicks have a 37.2 percent chance of moving up in a lottery that has been postponed from May 19.
During a recent appearance on FS1, the elder Ball said LaMelo would be perfect for the New York market.
“The best fit in my eyes is the New York Knicks,” LaVar said then. “It’s time for something good to happen to them.”
Asked Wednesday if he still feels that way about the Knicks, LaVar, a former practice squad tight end for the Jets, said, “I think so. The bright lights, East Coast, If everything lines up right, the Knicks get the first pick and get LaMelo and LiAngelo with him and somehow get Lonzo in the long run. Shoot – The Triple B’s. The Ball Brothers on Broadway.”
LiAngelo, LaVar’s middle son, is a free agent after going undrafted in 2018 and recently signed a G League contract.
In an interesting maneuver, the Ball brothers left the Creative Artists Agency in early March just at the time Rose departed for the Knicks’ presidency.
In late April, LaMelo signed on with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Raymond Brothers, a top agent who is known to be a longtime friend of Knicks GM Scott Perry.
The manager for LaMelo is now Jermaine Jackson, a former Knicks shooting guard in 2004-05 who was Ball’s prep-school coach at Spire in Ohio. In a statement on the Roc Nation move provided to ESPN, Jackson mentioned the Knicks.
“They put together a beautiful game plan with Jay-Z,” Jackson said. “The basketball game is about to change. They are going to create something totally new. I’ve known Jay-Z since I played for the Knicks, but this is what the kids wanted to do. Jay-Z is a master at what he does.”
Steering LaMelo to the Knicks will be no easy chore, but it makes sense. The Knicks are one of the few teams sorely lacking a starting point guard and in need of a savior. Rose has been brought in to deliver star power.
Source : Marc Berman Link