Sources: Ball bros. in talks with Lithuanian club
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are in serious discussions to sign professional basketball contracts with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, sources told ESPN.
Sources tell ESPN that the club plans to decide in the next 24-to-48 hours whether to finalize agreements with the two American teenagers.
If signed, the franchise has hopes that the Balls – including father LaVar — could be a marketing boon for the fledgling franchise, sources told ESPN.
LiAngelo and LaMelo are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo withdraw from UCLA the school suspended him following a shoplifting incident on the team’s tour of China. LaVar Ball, the players’ father, said he would have both his sons bypass college basketball and planned to search out pro jobs overseas. LiAngelo is a senior high school.
Vytautas is remotely located in a small town in the country. Vytautas plays in the Lithuanian (LKL) league, but it is unlikely the Ball brothers would see significant playing time in that league. Vytautus also plays in the lesser competitive Baltic League, where the teenagers might see more playing time. The team has discussed a role of 20-to-25 minutes a game in the Baltic League, a source told ESPN.
Prienu Vytautuas, or BC Prineai as it’s often called, is a low-level club from a small, non-English speaking village of roughly 10,000 people in southern Lithuania. The team has been grappling with financial issues, and started the season losing 8 of its first 12 games in the Lithuanian league.
The team is 4-0 in the Baltic League.
Vytautuas has sparingly signed American players in the past decade, only ex-Vanderbilt guard Brad Tinsley. He left the team after a month.
December 11, 2017 at 05:56PM