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Report: LaMelo works out for Warriors, others ahead of draft

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With so much uncertainty about how the top of the 2020 NBA Draft will play out, the Warriors are doing their due diligence.

ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported Thursday, citing sources, that top draft prospect LaMelo Ball conducted a workout for the Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons in Southern California.

Head coaches and executives from those three teams were in attendance, Givony reported.

Based on the smokescreens being sent up by teams, Ball could go No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 in the draft. If he slips by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the top overall selection, the Warriors could be ready to pounce on the dynamic 6-foot-8 point guard.

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Ball said on ESPN's "Jalen and Jacoby" show in mid-October that he spoke to the Warriors on a Zoom video call, and he met in person with Golden State earlier this month.

Earlier this week, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman reported that a source told him Warriors ownership might force Bob Myers and the front office to take Ball at No. 2 overall if Memphis center James Wiseman is taken by the Timberwolves at No. 1.

As Givony pointed out Thursday, the Pistons currently hold the No. 7 pick in next week's draft. Unless something stunning happens on draft night, Ball isn't expected to make that far down the board, so the Pistons could be scouting the 19-year-old in case they are able to trade up.

 

On Wednesday, Givony identified three teams in the top-10 that are trying to trade up, and potentially could do so with the Warriors for the No. 2. One of those teams is the Pistons. So Detroit's presence at Ball's workout makes more sense.

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This is an extremely important draft for Myers, Kerr and the Warriors, so they have to cover all their bases before next Wednesday's event. They could hold on to the pick and select Ball, Wiseman, Georgia's Anthony Edwards or another prospect. They always could trade down and acquire more assets while still picking in the first round. Or they could trade out of the lottery entirely if they can get an established NBA star.

Their workout with Ball on Thursday should give the Warriors a good idea if they think he's worthy of being the No. 2 overall pick if he's still on the board.