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Report: Blazers, Pelicans, Nets, Raptors, Cavs showing early interest in LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball

The Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly showing early interest in LaMelo Ball, who is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball, according to Adam Zagoria of Forbes.

LaMelo Ball’s NBA Draft stock is steadily rising and there are some who believe he can be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 Draft.

The Blazers, Pelicans, Nets and Raptors have reached out to executives at Spire Academy in Ohio where the 6-foot-7 Ball played last season before joining Australia’s NBL for the 2019-20 season. The Cavaliers have also evaluated the youngest Ball, sources said. With his strong play overseas, Ball is now in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Cavs could wind up in the lottery next season, while the Blazers, Pelicans, Nets and Raptors are more competitive than Cleveland.

The hype around LaMelo Bell keeps growing seemingly every day. In a high school game back in 2017, LaMelo scored a whopping 92 points, including 41 in the fourth quarter.

Now that he’s taller and stronger, NBA scouts believe LaMelo Ball can succeed at the NBA level, though he remains turnover prone. LaMelo can hit threes in bunches due to his quick release. Like his brother Lonzo, LaMelo is a gifted passer.