LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball will play professional basketball … in Lithuania
The Ball brothers’ European vacation looks set to start soon.
On Tuesday, it was official.
The club, which plays in the Lithuanian league, said in a statement the brothers will report in early January. Their contracts run through the end of the current season.
”We are committed to their long-term success and development as professional basketball players,” said Vilius Vaitkevicius, the team’s sports director.
Sources: LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have turned pro, signing one-year contracts with first division Lithuanian team Vytautas. They will report to the club in early January.
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Vytautas Prienai are the reigning champions in Lithuania and will offer the brothers a chance at professional basketball with NBA rules forbidding players to enter the draft without first having played at least one year of collegiate basketball.
The Balls won’t be the first Americans to play for the club. Brad Tinsley, a former Vanderbilt guard, played for Prienai-Birstonas Vytautus between August and October. Tinsley declined to comment on his brief time with Prienai-Birstonas Vytautus when contacted Tuesday by The Associated Press.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report