New York Notes: Ball, Knicks, Woodson, Nets, Crawford

Multiple teams believe that LaMelo Ball and people in his circle view the Knicks as their preferred landing spot, according to Ian Begley of However, since Ball is considered a lock to be a top-five pick and a candidate to come off the board first overall in the 2020 NBA draft, it’s possible New York won’t get an opportunity to select him.

Because the lottery odds for the league’s bottom eight teams are already locked in, we know the Knicks have a 9% chance to land the No. 1 overall pick and a 37.2% chance at a top-four pick. The more likely outcome would see the team draft seventh or eighth overall, in which case Ball would presumably out of reach unless New York is willing to trade up.

Here’s more on the NBA’s two New York teams:

  • Mike Woodson‘s previously-reported interview with the Knicks for their head coaching job is taking place on Friday, sources tell Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News (Twitter link). The team continues to work its way through meetings with 11 candidates and intends to name a permanent head coach before the end of the month.
  • After not finding an NBA home all season, new Nets guard Jamal Crawford tells Brandon Robinson of that his deal with Brooklyn came together “really fast.” Crawford added that he’s ready to play whatever role the team expects of him. “Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do,” the 40-year-old said.
  • Brian Lewis of The New York Post examines the Nets‘ signings of Crawford and Michael Beasley, noting that both players could be candidates to re-sign with the team for 2020/21 — especially if Brooklyn consolidates some assets and trades for a third star, opening up a few extra roster spots. “We’re always going to be evaluating players, how they fit not only with the group we have now but the group that’s expected to be part of this team next year and the year after that,” GM Sean Marks said.
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24 thoughts on “New York Notes: Ball, Knicks, Woodson, Nets, Crawford

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Brooklyn really can’t add a third star since they barely have just one. KD was a star with OKC and GSW, but will have a difficult time maintaining that status after his achilles injury. As far a Kyrie goes, he may be a star player in the east but if he went to the West like LeBron did he might not even be a top-10 guard there.

    • Noel1982

      You give up on the hope davis is going to go to the Knicks ? I know the Knicks have given up on the notion and so have many of us fans !

      • ThePeople'sElbow

        Anthony Davis? Why would he leave the LAL to go to NYK. Are you insane?

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          He probably wants to go to a team that has a chance of winning a championship, not one run by LeBron who only cares about his image.

        • Noel1982

          There’s no chance ad is going to the Knicks but it was that guys prediction ! If ad leaves the Lakers this summer ( he won’t ) it wouldn’t be for dead beat going nowhere teams like bulls or Knicks it would be the heat! But he won’t consider leaving Lakers until washed king is actually a thing

    • KnickerbockerAl

      You have to watch more NBA. Not a fan of either. Both are better than any west duo. As far teammates go. That’s another story.

      • Noel1982

        Lebron and ad see as close as any teammates can be ! Until we read the heading ad fires klutch sports there’s no reason to think otherwise

  2. Al Hirschen

    Look for the Knicks it get the Ball it the Knicks having a set of Balls or trying to get all three Balls. Just like Eddie Torres

    • Knicks are going to get kicked in the Balls. Again.

      How many more years of this before the franchise is synonymous with ‘cursed’? The only thing you can count on is whatever they do will turn out to be a dysfunctional failure.

  3. Sillivan

    Most teams are not trading Ball to Knicks
    Knicks need to call Warriors now,otherwise Warriors may deal Ball to Pistons, Bulls ……

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      Knicks are so thirsty for talent, Dubs will have plenty of options to wheel and deal and get the most value for the presumed #1 overall and TPE, all while still getting the guy on top of their board at the right slot for future $$$ considerations.

    • hopper15

      Knicks have very little to offer besides Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett and I doubt they part with either one.

      • Sillivan

        Warriors pick for Robinson and 2021 top 8 protected pick would help Warriors save tax.

        • Sillivan, Warriors don’t care about the tax next year. That’s what THIS season was all about.. staying under the hard cap and reset. Current core has maybe three years left so they will go for it and spend what it takes.

          These opportunities don’t come along very often. I know I’m a Warriors fan LOL !!! We’re talking 30 years of crap and so these last five years have been amazing. 3 more competitive years and we’re all good.

  4. mlbnyyfan

    I would rather the Knicks get Halliburton or Anthony Edwards instead of Ball.

  5. Sillivan

    To be honest, I spent over 100 hours to find out an unbelievable trade idea.

    Warriors trade out the 2020 pick to save the luxury tax.

    Warriors trade 2020 pick to Knicks or Pistons for 2021 top 3 protected first round pick with unprotected in 2022.

    Then at the trade deadline, Warriors trade 2022 Wolves unprotected First and 2022 Knicks unprotected First for the 4th star.

    Wiggins or someone else included in the deal.

    • Sillivan

      One of the teams would love Wolves unprotected First and Knicks unprotected First.

      17.2 Million TE guy and above 2 Firsts for an all star.

    • I give no fox

      The warriors trade the potential top pick in this years draft for a protected pick in next years draft? All to save a few dollars for 3 months before they acquire another “star”? That trade needs a few more hours work, with a little bit of present/future value research. A draft pick this year is worth more than a draft pick in the same slot next year. So a higher draft pick this year is worth way more than a lower pick next year

    • That’s a fine idea, but who do you figure that 4th Star could be? Who’s out there to Target?

  6. KnickerbockerAl

    Ball is overrated. What is this. You must be all teenagers here. First Warriors are on record. They don’t even consider Ball top 5 talent. Knicks are not picking any lower than 7. They are sixth now. Probably picking 6th. Now even though I don’t like Ball. Half the teams in top 10 do. Warriors (no, if some trades here it will be for Wiseman or Edwards. Not Ball) Cavs (not passing on Edwards), TWolves (Not passing on Edwards or Toppin), Hawks (could take Ball but not passing on Wiseman. Could trade up for Edwards), Pistons is the one team that can gamble on Ball but they are not passing on Wiseman if here. They need a full rebuild. Ball is still physically growing. And I think Hayes long term is better. Now Knicks would be as dumb as ever if Ball is here. Cause Halliburton is best PG and 2way player in draft. Halliburton makes us a playoff team next yr. Cause we need his gm as a team. And he is talented enough to handle it. Now all you might think Im crazy. But if Wiseman is here. And some predict he will be. I take Wiseman and trade Mitch. Wiseman will be a better big than Mitch will be. When you are building. You always go fo BPA. Lonzo is a better pro than his brother will ever be. I would trade our pick for Lonzo.

    • I want my bulls draft haliburton r right.haliburton is the best pg in this draft.good playmaking.good defender.bad form shot but good stat on 3s.hope knick draft edwards and move rj barret to sf.if haliburton not available for bulls, i hope bulls draft deni avdija.

  7. Sillivan

    Wiseman for Mitch can also save Warriors at least $25 million.

    You need to add 2021 protected First though.

  8. El Don

    Wiseman/Ball will be the #1-2 regardless which teams pick there, they are by far the best talents in the draft!

    • I’ve heard Anthony Edwards goes number one no matter who picks. But you’re probably right, any of those three go top three. I don’t see any other player squeezing in.

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