UCLA made profits off of Lonzo Ball, and were going to profit off of LaMelo & LiAngelo Ball as well while they would have made $0 and could not have their own business, so the Big Baller Brand boys took their talents to Europe and get paid while they play while also still getting the chance to be business owners and entrepreneurs. Which the media and most Americans for whatever reason seem to not understand.
“LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are Officially Professional Basketball Players. Both Ball Brothers have signed to play for Club “Prienai” in Lithuania. It’s not about the money for the Ball Brothers. They have a passion to play Basketball and to experience playing as pros was the Goal. They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off. The Big Baller way! ” LaVar Ball-
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are headed to Europe.
The former Chino Hills High School stars have signed with first division Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas. The Big Baller Brand Instagram account shared the news:
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, it’s a one-year deal and they will report to the club in January.
Jonathan Givony of ESPN broke down the players’ future:
The Ball brothers are not expected to see major playing time for Prienu Vytautas in the Lithuanian (LKL) league, but could be afforded an opportunity to develop in the Baltic (BBL) League, where the stakes are much lower. The club must decide whether to pull the trigger first. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/940326145337315331 …
From what I’m told, salaries for players at this level of competition usually don’t exceed $500 per month in the absolute best case. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Ball brothers ended up playing for free. Certainly not the most glamorous league or part of the world to live in.
Prienu Vytautas has only had one American player on their roster in the past decade, Brad Tinsley, who departed after a month of action, according to my research. The Balls would likely be faced with a major culture shock in Prienai, a small village of around 10,000 people.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Givony also reported the team has discussed a role of 20 to 25 minutes per game in the Baltic League.
Former Wisconsin guard Ben Brust also added his thoughts on the move:
The Ball’s to Lithuania is a disaster waiting to happen (I played there for a year and hated it). This is a picture of the teams gym that the Ball brothers would play at. Not exactly BIG BALLER material #BBB
The players’ father, LaVar Ball, said last week they had both signed with an agent, effectively ending their NCAA careers.
“Our goal is to get both of these boys, have all three of them on the Lakers,” LaVar recently told Bleacher Report’s Adam Zagoria. “And sometimes it’s different roads to get to there. But we’re going to get there. We’re just on a different road right now.”
LiAngelo, 19, was playing for UCLA but earned an indefinite suspension for shoplifting while in China. He later dropped out of school. While LaVar explained he was preparing his son for the upcoming NBA draft, Wojnarowski noted this was not likely:
The oldest brother, Lonzo, was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 draft to the Lakers after an All-American year at UCLA. However, the rest of his family will have to try for a more indirect path to the league.
By Rob Goldberg & Big Ben