Report: LaMelo Ball has no plans to meet with Cavs ahead of 2020 NBA Draft

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In the buildup to the Nov. 18 NBA draft, a new report indicates that top prospect LaMelo Ball will not be meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold the fifth overall pick.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony indicated that Ball has already met with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the first overall pick, and will meet with the other three teams just ahead of the Cavaliers in the selection process.

The 6-foot-8 Ball last played overseas in Australia’s National Basketball League and has shown off some strong passing and ball-handling skills.

Prior to heading to Australia, Ball competed at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio with Cavaliers assistant general manager Mike Gansey reportedly impressed with Ball. Knowing that he was likely a lottery pick, the Cavs have scouted Ball extensively.

That familiarity with Ball likely lessens the feeling that he’s snubbing the Cavaliers, who also know that he may end up dropping in the draft.

Two reasons why Ball may be available when the Cavs make their pick are because of questions about his jump shot, along with a team’s reluctance to deal with constant comments from his controversial father, LaVar.

The Cavaliers have spoken about trading their top pick, with some draft experts saying that the overall talent available isn’t that impressive. With less than three weeks before the scheduled draft, that remains an option for the team.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.