LaMelo Ball Rumors: Top Prospect Used to be in Boston to Meet with Puma, No longer Celtics

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks carries the ball up during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney.  LaMelo Ball's bone bruise on his left foot is expected to keep him out of the Illawarra Hawks lineup for the remainder of the National Basketball League season in Australia. The 18-year-old American, who joined Illawarra as part of the NBL's Next Stars program, is expected to be a first-round pick in this year's NBA draft.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

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It turns out highly regarded LaMelo Ball reportedly did no longer meet with the Boston Celtics after all.

In maintaining with Jonathan Givony of Draft Specific, Ball met with the sneaker firm Puma and no longer with the Celtics when he modified into as soon as in Boston. Givony defined “in-person pre-draft workouts/conferences with teams are no longer celebrated for the time being,” so a meeting with the Celtics would were fundamental.

The document comes after Chris Grenham of Forbes reported Ball modified into as soon as in Boston on Wednesday to meet with the Celtics.

Barring a alternate, Boston likely is no longer any longer going to even be ready to draft Ball.

After all, it would no longer grab until No. 14 within the 2020 NBA draft, and it most effective has that different thanks to a alternate with the Memphis Grizzlies. Ball is on the shortlist of contenders to be the No. 1 total grab and completely obtained’t restful be on the board by that level of the draft.

Bleacher Thunder’s Jonathan Wasserman projected the level guard to switch No. 2 total to the Golden Philosophize Warriors however cautioned it’s miles a in all probability alternate snarl in his latest mock draft.

Boston touchdown somebody fancy Ball would be a case of the rich getting richer.

The Celtics are within the Jap Conference Finals against the Miami Warmth thanks in tremendous piece to a backcourt that contains Kemba Walker and Marcus Effectively-organized. Ball would be yet any other choice who might perhaps facilitate to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown whereas furthermore creating his indulge in pictures.

As for the meeting with Puma, Ball confirmed he signed a shoe contend with the apparel firm that furthermore counts Kyle Kuzma, Marcus Effectively-organized, R.J. Barrett, Kendrick Nunn and Michael Porter Jr. among its prospects.