Ball adds team to predraft interview list, but not Bulls

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LaMelo Ball continued to play coy when asked which NBA teams he’s had pre 2020 draft communication with in an appearance on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby.

“I think I had just two teams, the Knicks and Warriors,” Ball said on the program. “And that was just a little Zoom call.”

Pressed about each team’s interest in drafting him, Ball reiterated his stance from his NBA Draft Combine media availability session: “Hopefully everybody is (interested in drafting me). I mean, to be honest, I’m ready to just go out and play.”

The Knicks own the No. 8 pick in this year’s draft, the Warriors No. 2. Speaking with reporters over Zoom as part of the virtual combine, Ball denied or deflected questions related to team-specific interviews except to confirm talks with the Knicks.

The Warriors, then, appear to be a fresh addition to the mix.

Notably missing, of course, is the Bulls, who own the No. 4 pick this year and could be in the market for a lead guard of Ball’s unique skill set and versatility.

“No, I haven’t had any contact with them,” Ball said when asked at the combine about his communication with the Bulls. “And fit in? I feel like I’ll fit in anywhere.”

Perhaps this is all a smoke screen. Perhaps Ball won’t even fall to Chicago. The mystery of his aim and intrigue of his game are all part of the package.

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