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- LaVar Ball told ESPN that his two youngest sons had signed with an agent.
- The move means that neither son will play NCAA basketball.
- Ball says that the plan is to have the two brothers play together for the same international team, and that there is already interest in the duo.
LaVar Ball told ESPN on Thursday that his two youngest sons, LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball, signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any possibility that LaMelo Ball would follow in his older brother Lonzo Ball’s steps to play at UCLA.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Ball’s current plan is to get his two younger sons to play on an international team that will be willing to play the duo on the court together.
“I don’t care about the money,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”
The move runs counter to Ball’s earlier comments, when he claimed that LaMelo Ball would still attend UCLA after he had been pulled out of Chino Hills High School. Now, the elder Ball says his youngest son will not play in college.
Ball pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA after he was suspended indefinitely for shoplifting while the team was abroad in China. Frustrated that the school hadn’t come up with a timeframe before LiAngelo would be allowed back on the court, Ball instead pulled him out, and now appears to be preparing to send him and the youngest Ball brother to an international team where they can continue to hone their skills together.
“I don’t know the deals and who is offering what,” Ball said. “I’m letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”
Ball added that he plans to follow the boys wherever they end up going to help get settled, and that a group of uncles will stay with them in order to help them through the move as well.