LaMelo Ball signs JBA contract
LaMelo Ball is going to play for Los Angeles – just not for the Lakers nor the Clippers, but with the Los Angeles Ballers. That’s not an NBA expansion team either, but a franchise in the nascent Junior Basketball Association.
Here is a video of Ball inking his deal with the Ballers, via Overtime.
This is the newest basketball path taken by Ball, which came shortly after his father, LaVar Ball, pulled him and his brother, LiAngelo Ball, out of their brief venture in Lithuania, where the Ball siblings suited up for Vytautas Prienai–Birštonas of the Lithuanian Basketball League.
The JBA is set to kick off its inaugural season on June 21 – the same day of the 2018 NBA Draft – and will be facing the Houston Ballers at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
If you’re still wondering what the JBA is, here’s a short overview of the league:
It’s founded by LaVar Ball, also the founder and CEO of Big Baller Brand, and designed to accommodate players aged between 17 and 20 who want an alternative competition besides the NCAA where they could play and get paid in return. In its initial season, the JBA will roll out eight teams, each composed with eight players. The league will run from June to September. The top performer of the tournament is also going to receive luxury cars, per Franklin Calle of Slam Online.
The JBA says that aside from paying the players, they will also hand over luxury cars –“Mercedes, BMW, or Cadillac”— to the championship winning team.
The JBA is not going to take the NCAA out of business overnight, but don’t tell that to LaVar Ball.