Report: Cavaliers showing interest in LaMelo Ball

Ball is considered one of the top 2020 draft prospects

James Rapien
October 08, 2019 - 12:13 pm
KINGBOROUGH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: LaMelo Ball of the Hawks drives to the basket during the NBL Blitz pre-season match between Illawarra Hawks and Perth Wildcats at Kingborough Sports Centre on September 20, 2019 in Kingborough, Australia. (Photo by S

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cavaliers are one of multiple teams that have expressed interest in 2020 draft prospect LaMelo Ball according to Adam Zagoria of Forbes.com.

The Blazers, Nets, Raptors and Pelicans have also showed interest in Ball according to the report.

The 18-year-old is currently playing in the NBL, a professional basketball league based in Australia. He’s impressed scouts who watched him play over the summer.

The 6’7” point guard is expected to be a top five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Cavs assistant general manager Mike Gansey recently scouted Ball and liked what he saw according to Sam Amico.

Gansey liked what he saw in Ball, and supposedly he liked it quite a bit,” Amico wrote. “He’s not alone, as some are already calling Ball the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the next draft.”

The Cavaliers are excited to see how Collin Sexton and Darius Garland fare in the backcourt this season, but it doesn’t mean they should ignore Ball, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his NBL debut.

Ball played at SPIRE Institute last season, which is located about an hour outside of Cleveland in Geneva, Ohio.

“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.”

Ball is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

They could just be doing their due diligence, but there’s also a scenario where Ball returns to Northeast Ohio in 2020 as a member of the Cavs.