Sports Report: T-Wolves meet with potential top pick LaMelo Ball
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Themet in person with potential No. 1 draft pick LaMelo Ball in Southern California on Tuesday, sources told .
Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas and head coach Ryan Saunders both reportedly took part in the meeting.
Minnesota owns the first overall selection in the 2020 draft, which is scheduled to take placefor the first time from ESPN's studios on Nov. 18. Ball is widely projected to be a high draft pick. The 6-foot-7 point guard is ranked as 's best available player, and recent mock drafts from and project Ball to go first overall.
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The Golden State Warriors, owners of the No. 2 pick, are also tentatively scheduled to meet with Ball next week, according to Givony.
Ball, 19, played in the Australian National Basketball League last season. He registered 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in 12 games and the league named him the competition's 2019-20 Rookie of the Year.
The Timberwolves have not indicated who they intend to select with their top pick, with Rosas stating last week that no player "has separated himself from the pack." While Ball is the presumed No. 1 selection, Minnesota already boasts a starting-caliber point guard in, whom they acquired from the Warriors in February.
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