LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball pointer 1-year pro deals with Lithuanian bar Prienu Vytautas

7:45 PM ET

  • CloseESPN

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have reached an agreement to pointer veteran basketball deals with Lithuanian bar Prienu Vytautas, a team’s coach/GM Virginijus Seskus and Ball family representative Harrison Gaines told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

After ESPN reported on a earnest of a talks between a Ball brothers and a European group on Monday afternoon, a dual sides finalized a agreement hours later.

The authorization is anticipating a Ball brothers — and father LaVar — can be a broadside bonus to a fledgling organization. There are already grave concerns among those informed with both a teenage Americans and European group about either a players can fit into Vytautas on any level.

LiAngelo and LaMelo are a younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie ensure Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after a basketball group dangling him indefinitely following a shoplifting occurrence on a Bruins’ debate of China. LaVar pronounced he would have both LiAngelo and LaMelo bypass college basketball and designed to hunt out pro jobs overseas. LaMelo was a youth in high propagandize though forsaken out.

Vytautas plays in a Lithuanian (LKL) league, though it is doubtful a Ball brothers would see poignant personification time in that league. Vytautas also plays in a obtuse rival Baltic League, where a teenagers could see some-more personification time. The group has discussed a purpose of 20 to 25 mins a diversion every in a Baltic League, a source told ESPN.

Prienu Vytautas, or BC Prienai as it’s mostly called, is a low-level bar from a small, non-English vocalization encampment of roughly 10,000 people in southern Lithuania. The group has been grappling with financial issues and started a deteriorate losing 8 of a initial 12 games in a Lithuanian league.

The group is 4-1 in a Baltic League, a sole detriment entrance on a forfeiture. The diversion was deserted with 3 mins to go tied during 65 after a manager was ejected due to some controversial calls.

Vytautas has sparingly sealed American players in a past decade, a usually one being former Vanderbilt ensure Brad Tinsley. He left a group after a month.

The bar plays in a 1,700-seat arena; 500 of those seats are indifferent for group sponsors and their friends. Tickets cost around 5 euros.

The group has no ubiquitous manager and doesn’t use frequently due to a bad financial situation.

Currently, a team’s best actor is approaching a coach’s son, Edvinas Seskus, who was deliberate a outrageous awaiting as a teen though didn’t rise as expected, partially due to injuries.

The coach’s other son, Domantas, also played for a group for 4 years, though he left this deteriorate to pointer in a French fourth division.

LaMelo, a 16-year-old multiple guard, is deliberate some-more gifted than his comparison hermit LiAngelo. At 6-foot-3, he has shot-making ability, creativity as a round handler and flashes as a facilitator. He shows intensity as a shooter notwithstanding unusual mechanics, frequently pulling adult from nearby half justice during a prep level.

LaMelo has a intensity to play in a NBA someday, generally if he were on a some-more normal growth path. Even so, his shot preference is controversial and he has struggled to impact winning. LaMelo is a career 30 percent 3-point shooter, according to Krossover information (42 games and 605 attempts).

LiAngelo, 19, is a thick-framed, 6-foot-5 actor who offers small value outward of occasional spot-up shooting. He projected as a mid-major college actor out of high propagandize and wasn’t approaching to be in UCLA’s unchanging rotation. He would be approaching to onslaught to supplement any value in a Lithuanian or Baltic leagues. He is a career 32 percent 3-point shooter on 590 attempts, according to Krossover data. LiAngelo is a singular round handler and defender, and plays particularly next a rim.

Lithuania is a basketball-crazed nation where players honour themselves on their modernized feel for a diversion and discipline. LaMelo’s haphazard character of play could good startle coaches and players comparison in a Baltic League. On a defensive end, he will also need to make vital improvements to fit into a character of play in Lithuania with hopes to stay on a floor.

ESPN NBA Draft researcher Mike Schmitz contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » appearance » Widgets » and move a widget into Advertise Widget Zone