The Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the top pick in the 2020 NBA draft, met with highly-touted prospect LaMelo Ball on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony.
The meeting reportedly consisted of an interview, which took place in Southern California, and did not feature any basketball activity. Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas and head coach Ryan Saunders were both reportedly in attendance.
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According to ESPN, Ball is also tentatively scheduled to meet with the Warriors next week. Golden State owns the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Ball will also likely meet with the Hornets and Bulls, who own the third and fourth picks respectively, in the future.
Ball, who spent last season playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia, is projected to go No. 3 overall in Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo's latest mock draft. He would appear to be the 2020 NBA draft's best playmaker and presents a unique combination of skill-set and star power.
Check out the latest news and notes from around the NBA:
- The Pacers and Bucks have reportedly discussed a potential trade involving Victor Oladipo. (Kevin O'Connor, The Ringer)
- The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly interested in signing Rajon Rondo, though the Lakers are also determined to sign the veteran guard. (Marc Stein, The New York Times)
- NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said the Players Association will not be rushed into deciding on a date to start next season. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)
- The Washington Wizards are hoping USC's Onyeka Okongwu falls to them at No. 9. (Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report)
- Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith is generating interest from a number of late-lottery teams, including the Suns. (Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report)