RUMOR: Raptors Planning Mega 3-Team Trade To land LaMelo Ball In NBA Draft
LaMelo Ball is a sure fire lottery pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft and many teams in the league would love to have him.
According to college basketball expert Rashad Phillips, one of those teams in the Toronto Raptors and they are looking to make a huge trade in order to get him.
“I see some trades coming,” Phillips told Brandon Robinson on Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“I really believe that the Toronto Raptors are trying to move up in the Draft to get LaMelo Ball.”
The 18-year-old averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 31 minutes per game for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s NBL League.
“So it’s not etched in stone that the Golden State Warriors will get the number one pick,” he said.
“I still think there’s some trades that’s going to happen and teams are going to try to move up for LaMelo Ball. I believe the Toronto Raptors will try to move up and get him. And if the Raptors can somehow get that number one pick out of Golden State in a three-team trade with Philadelphia, Toronto and Golden State; if they can mix some players and money around, I believe the Raptors will take LaMelo Ball at number one. I just believe that he has the flare of the game. He understands the platform. He understands the entertainment of the game. He understands the pulse of the game and his ability to score, knock down shots. His vision, his size, just a kid who was bred to play at this level. So I’m extremely excited to see what he’s going to bring to the table for an NBA francize and its fans.”
That’s not all as the report dove into Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry being on the move.
“I believe the experiement in Philly is over,” Rashad Phillips tells Scoop B Radio.
“I just believe that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid just are not compatible in regards to how the NBA style is played. Not personally compatible, just the way the spacing; Ben Simmons’ inability to make jumpshots, Joel Embiid’s ability to want to shoot jumpshots, I just don’t think it’s a good mix. If I’m the Raptors, I’ll trade Kyle Lowry to Philly. Philly needs a point guard, I believe Kyle Lowry is one of the premiere point guards in the NBA. Philly needs that. I would send Ben Simmons to Golden State for maybe a pick and some players. If I’m the Raptors, I’d try to get in that mix to get LaMelo Ball.”
“Don’t be surprised if you do see that,” he told me. “Between those three teams, there’s some business that needs to be done.”
The Toronto Raptors are still the reigning champs, but are in need of a superstar type of player after Kawhi Leonard headed west to play for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Despite his departure, the team was still 46-18 during the season, which was good for 2nd best in the Eastern Conference.