LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball turn pro with club team in Lithuania


ESPN reported the pair have signed one-year deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, with the club hoping the signings would be a marketing boon.

All three of LaVar Ball's sons now are professional basketball players.

Former UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball will be playing in Lithuania for the rest of the season after he was suspended over a shoplifting incident in China that required the intervention of President Trump.

He also said that he wanted both 19-year-old LiAngelo and 16-year-old LaMelo, who was recently pulled out of Chino Hills high school, to both play for the same team overseas as they prepare for a potential National Basketball Association career.

"I don't care about the money", LaVar Ball said last week, according to the Sporting News. "I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time".

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LaMelo, a 16-year-old combination guard, is considered more talented than his older brother LiAngelo. Both LaMelo and LiAngelo will play roughly 20-25 minutes, according to ESPN. Though LaMelo was committed to UCLA, LaVar did not seem concerned about preserving his youngest son's amateur status anyhow, which made it potentially unlikely for him to eventually have a college career. "It was critical to find a situation in a competitive league that works with both of their short- and long-term goals".

LiAngelo Ball is leaving UCLA for Lithuania. LaMelo scored 92 in a game in February and LiAngelo had a 72-point performance last December.

The two brothers are in NY at the moment.

Yahoo Sports pointed out that former Gonzaga star Kevin Pangos and two-year National Basketball Association veteran Brandon Davies now play for the Lithuanian league's top team, Zalgiris. Lonzo and the Lakers will play the Knicks on Tuesday.