LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball signing with agent, will turn professional

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the younger brothers of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, have signed with agent Harrison Gaines and will play professionally overseas according to their father LaVar Ball, who spoke with ESPN on Thursday.

It was unlikely that LiAngelo Ball would have played much this season - he was already going to come off the bench - and LaMelo Ball is still a major question mark.

Ball had been committed to UCLA, like his two brothers, but the 16-year-old now has his sights set on professional basketball elsewhere after signing with 28-year-old agent Harrison Gaines, whose story is detailed by Sports Illustrated here.

LaMelo Ball also withdrew from Chino Hills High School in California earlier this year. "I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time".

LiAngelo Ball was yanked out of UCLA on Monday because his dad was upset over the disciplinary actions taken by the school after LiAngelo and two other teammates were arrested for shoplifting in China in October.

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The move to sign with an agent confirms recent rumors that LaVar would attempt to find an overseas home for both of his youngest sons in an attempt to ready them for the National Basketball Association. Sources told ESPN that several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest.

"I don't know the deals and who is offering what", LaVair said.

"One day after he abruptly removed his middle son from UCLA, LaVar Ball began his quest to prepare LiAngelo for next year's National Basketball Association draft".

Meanwhile, Bruins Coach Steve Alford said he has yet to speak with the Balls since LiAngelo left the program earlier this week.

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