Los Angeles Lakers a “Priority” for LiAngelo Ball Ahead of 2018 NBA Draft

LiAngelo Ball with Chino Hills High. Photo by Louis Lopez/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

LiAngelo Ball, brother of the Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, has no doubt where he wants to play after the 2018 NBA Draft. Speaking for ESPN L.A. Radio, LiAngelo made it clear that the Lakers are his priority when it comes to his basketball career since he wants to play with his brother.

Lakers is my priority, for sure.” – said LiAngelo. “I want to play with my brother. Ever since I played with Zo, we went undefeated. Same thing will happen when we get older. We’re just going to get stronger and faster and better feel for the game. It will be a good outcome. … I’m willing to play for other teams. That’s fine if they pick me. My priority is the Lakers. I just want to play with my brother.

His father LaVar Ball has been outspoken about his desire to have all of his three sons play for the Lakers. He even made comments recently that Lonzo wouldn’t resign with the team if LiAngelo and his youngest son LaMelo don’t get the chance to play in Los Angeles.

I want all three boys to play for the Lakers.” – said LaVar. “But if that does not happen, I’m telling you the story what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring Gelo back here (Vytautas Prienu) to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year and I want to let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to re-sign with the Lakers but will go to any team that will take all three of my boys. That’s my plan.

After leaving UCLA before playing his first college basketball game, LiAngelo Ball played 15 games for Vytautas Prienu in Lithuania and averaged 12.8 points. Both he and his brother LaMelo recently left the team and returned to the United States citing injuries as the main reason. LiAngelo decided to make himself eligible for 2018 NBA Draft despite low draft stocks. He is projected to go undrafted while failing to make ESPN’s list of top 100 prospects in the draft.