LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball sign with Lithuanian basketball team


Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, the eldest of LaVar Ball's three sons, took the traditional route to the National Basketball Association in 2016-17.

LiAngelo and LaMelo are heading to Lithuania.

If signed, the franchise has hopes that the Balls - including their father LaVar - could be a marketing boon for the fledgling franchise, sources told ESPN. He left the team after a month.

However, LiAngelo, who was a freshman at UCLA, was suspended indefinitely after being arrested in China along with two of his teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, for shoplifting - charges that were later dropped - allowing the three players to return home.

The younger Ball brothers going pro in Europe is not what was expected to happen this season, but it's not entirely surprising.

Because of that, there have reportedly been discussions about having the pair play for Vytautas' lower-level team in the Baltic League so they can see 20 to 25 minutes of action per game.

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"I don't care about the money", LaVar told ESPN last week.

After starting off the season losing their first nine games of the season, Vytautas was on a four-game winning streak that was just snapped Tuesday with a 103-102 double-overtime road loss.

The team has no general manager and doesn't practice regularly due to the poor financial situation.

After ESPN reported on the seriousness of the talks between the Ball brothers and the European team on Monday afternoon, the two sides finalized the agreement hours later. At 6-foot-3, he has shot-making ability, creativity as a ball handler and flashes as a facilitator.

The Ball Brothers will start to play in Europe and their performance in Vytautas will decide their fate in the National Basketball Association.