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LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball in 'serious discussions' to sign with Lithuanian club

13 December 2017, 05:13 | Clyde Nash

Report: LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball Nearing Deal With Lithuanian Club

Lonzo Ball La Melo Ball Li Angelo Ball and La Var Ball attend Melo Ball's 16th Birthday

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have both signed one-year contracts with Vytautas Prienai - a professional basketball club in Lithuania - a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are breaking their silence about their new venture - signing with a Lithuanian pro basketball team - and they insist the money has nothing to do with it.

Jonas Valanciunas, who was born in Lithuania and began his pro career there at the age of 16, says LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have a great opportunity to play in that country and will need to work hard. 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. The team plays in an arena with a capacity of 1,700 and the language barrier looks to be a serious obstacle.

Their father, LaVar Ball, had already pulled both of them out of their respective schools.

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LiAngelo Ball withdrew from UCLA last week after the school put him on indefinite suspension after he and two teammates were questioned by police for shoplifting while the team was in China, making embarrassing worldwide headlines, the Times said.

The franchise is hoping the Ball brothers - and father LaVar - can be a publicity boon to the fledgling organization.

Because of that, there have reportedly been discussions about having the pair play for Vytautas' lower-level team in the Baltic League so they can see 20 to 25 minutes of action per game. Even so, his shot selection is questionable and he has struggled to impact winning.

For now, the Ball brothers are only locked in for one month, as both sides have the option to terminate the contract if all parties aren't satisfied with the arrangement. Tickets cost around 5 euro. "Welcome to Lithuania. The land of attractive basketball".

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