The Knicks have LaMelo Ball -- who is expected to go early in the 2020 NBA Draft -- as the top-rated point guard on their board, a source confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley.
"I'd guess most teams do," an opposing scout said of the 18-year-old, who played in the NBL in Australia this past season, averaging 17.0 points. 6.8 assists, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals while playing 31.3 minutes per game in 12 games played for Illawara.
The New York Post first reported the news Saturday morning.
LaMelo's father, Lavar Ball, also seems keen on his son potentially coming to New York.
"I think so," the elder Ball said earlier this month when asked about the Knicks being a great fit for LaMelo. "The bright lights, East Coast. If everything lines up right, the Knicks get the first pick and get LaMelo and LiAngelo with him and somehow get Lonzo in the long run. Shoot -- The Triple B's. The Ball Brothers on Broadway."
The Knicks currently hold the sixth-worst record in the NBA, which would give them a nine percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and a 37.2 percent chance of getting a top-four pick if the regular season doesn't resume. However, Walt Disney World in Orlando has "gained significant traction" as a potential "bubble" to host the remainder of the NBA season.
New York has two first-round picks (they received the No. 27 pick in the Marcus Morris trade with the Clippers) and also has the 38th pick in the second round. Depending on where they land in the lottery, they could look to trade up, down or stand pat and make their pick.
The Knicks have also heavily scouted North Carolina's Cole Anthony, an NCAA source had told Begley.