Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LiAngelo Ball not invited to Lakers summer league team


LiAngelo left UCLA in December of his freshman season after a shoplifting scandal during a team trip to China. He averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game and shot just 30.5 percent on three-pointers. The team did work him out during the pre-draft process.

Speaking with TMZ Sports at his JBA season opener on Thursday afternoon, the older Ball doesn't look concerned whether the Lakers move his son to the Spurs or not.

The younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was not drafted after working out for the Lakers and Golden State Warriors, but had been hoping to score a summer league invite from L.A.

But LaVar still thinks LiAngelo will make it in the league. You'd have been hard-pressed to find a scout who believed LiAngelo has a place in the National Basketball Association next season, considering he was ranked as just a three-star recruit by Rivals entering last season.

LaVar Ball's "speak it into existence" method has hit a snag.

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If the Lakers, which do want to keep a good relationship with Lonzo at the very least, won't invite LiAngelo, it doesn't sound like he has much hope from the rest of the National Basketball Association. In other words- the LaVar effect was real.

Could the Lakers still be interested?

No one else has an investment in the family, and there is no way another team is going to willingly bring on the LaVar Ball headache.

According to a May report from USA Today, a team official didn't think the Lakers would sign LiAngelo in the draft or even to the G-League team.

And if it's a "no" to both questions, then maybe LaVar Ball doesn't quite have all the answers.

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