While his oldest son struggles with his shot as a Los Angeles Lakers rookie, LaVar Ball is struggling just to find a team to take his other two sons LiAngelo and LaMelo.
After pulling 19-year-old LiAngelo out of UCLA following his shoplifting arrest in China, the Ball father, through representative Harrison Gaines, is searching for a team overseas that’ll take LiAngelo and 16-year-old LaMelo, who’s been yanked out of high school.
One team the Balls have reached out to: BC Lietkabelis in Lithuania.
One of the overseas teams that has been approached about signing LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball is Lietkabelis of the Lithuanian Basketball League, general manager Mantas Ignatavičius confirmed via email.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) December 5, 2017
The attempt was apparently unsuccessful.
“Yes, we have an opening at the security staff since they have an experience in this field,” Lietkabelis head coach Arturs Stalbergs wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet about the Balls’ interest in the club.
We are all Lietkabelis Panevezys fans from now on… Hint: Arturs Stalbergs is the coach of the team… pic.twitter.com/bVNza5Xuyh
— Yannis Psarakis (@YPsar) December 5, 2017
Lietkabelis likely won’t be the last team to hard pass on either younger Ball brother.
“LiAngelo could probably play third division in Spain, France or Germany,” an NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. “I doubt that’s what he has in mind.”
The middle Ball child wasn’t even projected to start for UCLA this year.
“It’s very difficult for me to see him having a longterm pathway to success where he could make more money in basketball than he could have as a UCLA graduate,” said NBA draft expert Sam Vecenie.
“He was going to struggle with the explosiveness and athleticism college basketball brings compared to high school. I’m not going to say I know for a fact he couldn’t defend at that level, but he has never had to do it before and his overall athletic profile doesn’t bode well in the future.”
By utilizing representation, LiAngelo and LaMelo have forfeited their chances to ever play college basketball.