LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball in serious discussions with Prienu Vytautas
With LaMelo Ball being home-schooled instead of attending Chino Hills High School and LiAngelo Ball recently pulled from UCLA, there is a new development. After signing an agent with the intent of playing overseas, a team has emerged for the two youngest Ball brothers.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Lonzo Ball’s brothers are in serious discussions to sign with Lithuanian club, Prienu Vytautas:
Story filed to ESPN with @DraftExpress: LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are in serious discussions to sign professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas. Club plans to decide in next 24-to-48 hours whether to finalize an agreement with the two American teenagers.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 11, 2017
In addition, Givony provides details about their potential salaries and environment if both sides come to an agreement:
Prienu Vytautas has only had one American player on their roster in the past decade, Brad Tinsley, who departed after a month of action, according to my research. The Balls would likely be faced with a major culture shock in Prienai, a small village of around 10,000 people.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 11, 2017
It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens as the Lithuanian club will make their decision in the next 24-48 hours. With the Ball brothers potentially playing for free and in a small village, time will tell if their father LaVar Ball made the right move to go in a different path.
While there is uncertainty, Ball’s plan for his three sons is to ultimately play for the Los Angeles Lakers. As the oldest Ball navigates through an interesting 2017-18 NBA season, it will add another interesting storyline to an already drama-filled season.