LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball In Serious Talks With Lithuanian Team


The younger Ball brothers signed with agent Harrison Gaines last week, who is also the agent for Lonzo, ending any chances that LiAngelo could return to college, or that 16-year-old LaMelo would ever play at UCLA, where he was a 2019 commit. That included plenty of memes, GIFs and videos anticipating the clash between enigmatic Vytautas head coach Virginijus Seskus - known as the "LaVar Ball of Lithuania" - and the real Ball family.

If signed, the franchise has hopes that the Balls - including father LaVar - could be a marketing boon for the fledgling franchise, sources told ESPN.

They have now committed to a Lithuanian team that won a championship last season and plays in competitive games in the Baltic and Lithuanian leagues, which includes teams that participate in EuroCup (Lietkabelis) and EuroLeague (Zalgiris).

LiAngelo, 19, recently withdrew from UCLA shortly after a shoplifting scandal that led to the arrest and suspension of three Bruins players while overseas in China.

LaMelo Ball had already been pulled from high school by his father for basketball training at home. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla doesn't believe the Ball brothers will earn much money, if they make any at all.

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Vytautas plays in the Lithuanian (LKL) league, but it is unlikely the Ball brothers would see significant playing time in that league.

The team is 4-1 in the Baltic League after its lone loss came on a forfeiture. But his shot selection is questionable and has struggled to impact the game. Tickets cost around 5 euros.

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball in a meme next to a cutout of coach Virginijus Seskus.

It is believed the brothers signed a one-year contract.