Weeks after demanding a $1 billion shoe deal from Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, LaVar Ball has now upped the price of inking his son Lonzo Ball to a footwear contract has tripled to $3 billion—all because of the results of the NBA draft lottery.
The Los Angeles Lakers, whom LaVar has always explicitly preferred, landed the No. 2 overall pick, where Lonzo is expected to be selected after Markelle Fultz.
“Now that Lonzo’s headed to Los Angeles, what they should have done is give me a billion dollars and let me be on my way,” LaVar said on The Herd.
“Now you know … if they want to talk to me now, it just went up to $3 billion,” LaVar continued. “Triple B’s—billion, billion, billion…. That’s the only way they going to come at me. I’m already in the building. I don’t need them for nothing, as you can tell.”
LaVar reiterated that he doesn’t want his son to play for the Boston Celtics, who are armed with the first overall selection in the draft.
“If Lonzo goes to Boston, he turns into a 2. … Lonzo’s always going to be a point guard. He can play any position, but his true position is point guard and Boston has so many guards, you don’t need that guy,” LaVar said.
But the good guy he is, LaVar indicated he would let Lonzo live his own life, if he so chooses.
“Here’s the thing: I prefer Zo to go to the Lakers, but if Boston were to choose him and Lonzo wants to play basketball, then guess what, he doesn’t care where he goes.”