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LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Brothers Turn Pro ... in Lithuania

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Brothers Turn Pro ... in Lithuania

LaVar Ball with sons LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:53 AM

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are turning pro in Lithuania, adding to the saga of the family's basketball journey led by their outspoken father, Lavar Ball, as it keeps getting more unorthodox, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Balls – LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo, 16 – the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, signed contracts with the Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienai, where they are expected to report in early January, the Times reported.

LiAngelo Ball withdrew from UCLA last week after the school put him on indefinite suspension after he and two teammates were questioned by police for shoplifting while the team was in China, making embarrassing international headlines, the Times said.

The local government in China decided not to press charges against them after forcing the players to stay in their hotel rooms during their stay, the Times noted.

LaMelo Ball had already been pulled from high school by his father for basketball training at home.

The brothers hired Harrison Gaines as an agent and shared a photo on Instagram signing the contract to play overseas.

"I don't care about the money," LaVar Ball said last week, according to the Sporting News. "I want them to go somewhere where they will play … together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team."

The elder Ball had said that several teams in Asia and Europe had expressed interest in his sons, the Sporting News said.

Yahoo Sports pointed out that former Gonzaga star Kevin Pangos and two-year NBA veteran Brandon Davies currently play for the Lithuanian league’s top team, Zalgiris.

The website added that Luka Doncic, a potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, turned pro in Europe early in his basketball career.

"Our club is excited for the arrival of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball," Vytautas sports director Vilius Vaitkevicius said about the Ball signings, according to Yahoo Sports. "We are committed to their long-term success and development as professional basketball players."

Jonathan Givony, of Draft Express, said the Balls won't be living a glamorous life while in Lithuania.

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