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LiAngelo Ball’s time in Charlotte nearing the end?

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Charlotte Hornets guard LiAngelo Ball has entered the league’s health and safety protocols, according to the team.

Charlotte added Ball to its Summer League roster on Friday. Ball made a name for himself in last year’s Summer League.

LiAngelo averaged 9.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 17.4 minutes per game in five contests. He also shot 34% from three. Ball’s performance impressed the Hornets enough to include him on the team’s G-League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.

In 28 games with the Swarm, Ball averaged 4.6 points and 1.1 rebounds on 40% shooting from the field in 13.2 minutes per game. He also shot 36% from three.

The NBA’s health and safety protocols require all league personnel to quarantine for at least five days before returning to the team. This means Ball will miss the start of the team’s run in Las Vegas. It is unclear if he will rejoin the team once he clears protocol.

Ball has had quite an interesting resume since leaving UCLA in 2017. Prior to joining the NBA, Ball played overseas for Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League. In 2018, he joined the Los Angeles Ballers of his father’s Junior Basketball Association.

After going undrafted in 2018, Ball was signed by the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G-League but the league suspended its season before he could suit up for OKC. He then caught on with the Detroit Pistons during training camp.

After being waived by the Pistons and impressing the Hornets during Summer League, Ball was signed by the Hornets but waived the next day.

Ball will likely return to the team and the hope for the Hornets is that his early absence does not hurt him too much.