LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Agree To One-Year Contract With Lithuanian Team

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A basketball club from Lithuania says it has signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball's two younger sons ineligible for college basketball.

"Vytautas plays in the Lithuanian (LKL) league, but it is unlikely the Ball brothers would see significant playing time in that league", ESPN's report continues. LaMelo was a junior in high school but dropped out.

"I don't care about the money", LaVar Ball told ESPN last week. According to Woj, the brothers will see most of their playing time in the Baltic League, and there are plenty of reasons to think that Vytautas is primarily signing the two teens for marketing reasons.

LiAngelo did not appear in a game for the Bruins this season before leaving school.

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LaVar initially pulled LaMelo, 16, out of school after falling out with the head coach of the Chino Hills High School basketball team.

The team is 4-1 in the Baltic League after its lone loss came on a forfeiture. He left the team after a month.

The team has no general manager and doesn't practice regularly due to the poor financial situation. Even so, his shot selection is questionable and he has struggled to impact winning.

The team's best player now is likely the coach's son, Edvinas Seskus, who was considered a huge prospect as a teenager but didn't develop as expected, partially due to injuries. LaMelo scored 92 in a game in February and LiAngelo had a 72-point performance last December. Several notable players have spent time in the Lithuanian league before joining the National Basketball Association or other leagues, including Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft; Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes; ex-Houston and New Orleans forward Donatas Motiejunas; former New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas; and Isaiah Hartenstein, who was a second-round pick to Houston in the 2017 draft.