LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball 'It's Not About the Money' in Lithuania

  • LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball 'It's Not About the Money' in Lithuania

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball 'It's Not About the Money' in Lithuania

Sources: LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have turned pro, signing one-year contracts with first division Lithuanian team Vytautas.

Just days after LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball signed with Lonzo's agent, it appears they might've found a landing spot to play professional hoops overseas. According to Woj, the brothers will see most of their playing time in the Baltic League, and there are plenty of reasons to think that Vytautas is primarily signing the two teens for marketing reasons. There are already grave concerns among those familiar with both the teenage Americans and European team about whether the players can fit into Vytautas on any level.

Vytautas has an LKL road game versus traditional league powerhouse Lietuvos Rytas scheduled on January 6, just two days after the Ball brothers are slated to land in Lithuania, but it's not expected that the two will play in that game. After initially preparing to suit up for the UCLA Bruins, he ultimately left the university after shoplifting in China, which notably resulted in an indefinite suspension from the school. The town of Prienai has fewer than 10,000 residents.

The team has no general manager and doesn't practice regularly due to the poor financial situation.

ESPN reported that the team and the Ball family were involved in negotiations Monday before finalizing an agreement later in the day. The game was abandoned with 3 minutes to go at 65-65 after the coach was ejected due to some questionable calls.

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball in a meme next to a cutout of coach Virginijus Seskus.

Lithuania is one of the world's biggest basketball hotbeds per capita, and a great deal of curiosity and excitement flowed through the basketball community.

The Ball Brothers will start to play in Europe and their performance in Vytautas will decide their fate in the National Basketball Association. LaMelo's erratic style of play could well shock coaches and players alike in the Baltic League.