It may not be the Lakers and Lonzo Ball, but LiAngelo will get the chance to play professional basketball in Los Angeles with his brother.
The 19-year-old Ball brother has joined the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association, the league formed by his father, Lavar, and starring his younger brother.
The league announced Ball’s new team on its official Twitter account on Monday.
BREAKING: @LiAngeloBall will join JBA League and play for the Los Angeles Ballers. More on this later. Watch his season debut this Thursday in Ontario, California. Click: https://t.co/S6W3p9cCvi #NewBallEra #JBA pic.twitter.com/CUkgon84vE
— JBA (@bbbjbaleague) July 9, 2018
LiAngelo, the younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and middle of three basketball-playing Ball brothers, worked out for Los Angeles and the Golden State Warriors before the draft. After his Lakers workout, the team signified it had no interest in drafting LiAngelo or signing the 19-year-old to play for their G League team, the South Bay Lakers, according to a report from USA Today Sports.
LiAngelo Ball went undrafted in last month’s NBA draft and was informed after the draft that the Lakers won’t be inviting him to join their summer league team, according to ESPN.
The 6-foot-5 LiAngelo has said that he wanted to join his brother, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, on the Lakers. LaVar, the patriarch of the Ball family, has said previously all three of his sons, including 16-year-old LaMelo, would be playing for the Lakers in 2020.
LiAngelo left UCLA during his freshman season for a Lithuanian professional league following his shoplifting arrest on a team trip to China. LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points per game for Vytautas Prienu this season and told reporters the time overseas further helped him adjust to the NBA game.
“I think it prepared me a little better as far as going against grown men that care about their job every day,” LiAngelo said. “Because if you are not producing out there, they will fire you quick. Every game is hard out there.”
–Field Level Media