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- LaVar Ball has pulled LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA before he ever played a game.
- The move came four weeks after LiAngelo Ball was arrested in China and charged with shoplifting.
- LaVar Ball told ESPN they exploring their options on where LiAngelo Ball will play next.
“We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar Ball told Jeff Goodman of ESPN. “He’s out of there.”
Those options will not include transferring to another school.
“He’s not transferring to another school,” Ball told ESPN. “The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA Draft.”
One NBA executive was rather blunt about the NBA prospects for Lonzo Ball’s younger brother.
One NBA exec on whether LiAngelo is an NBA prospect: "No." https://t.co/y9pFDLGNMD
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 4, 2017
The move came four weeks after LiAngelo Ball and two of his UCLA teammates were arrested in China and charged with shoplifting. The arrests became an even bigger story when President Donald Trump intervened on behalf of the players with Chinese president Xi Jinping and they were allowed to come home shortly thereafter.
The three players were subsequently suspended indefinitely by the team after returning to the United States. It was unclear how long the suspensions were to last.
According to TMZ, “LaVar believes the suspension was unfair, especially since the charges were dropped.”