Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball is putting things in motion to have all three of his sons playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas, Ball said he won’t let the Lakers re-sign oldest son Lonzo Ball at the end of his rookie season if they don’t agree to take on younger brothers LaMelo and LiAngelo who currently play for a Lithuanian club.
“I want my three boys to play for the Lakers,” Ball says Tuesday, Feb. 12. “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’ll bring Gelo here 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 of my three boys. So that’s my plan.
“If you don’t take Gelo this year — you don’t have to take Gelo if you don’t want to. But Lonzo plays best chemistry when he is with his brother. Why wouldn’t you? He is a hell of a shooter. They don’t play the same position. You see how successful he was when he was with his brother?”
Ball added that LiAngelo could sign as a free agent and get paid $1 million over the course of three years.
“What’s better than the three Ball boys together? The big three — the original three?” LaVar Ball asks.
But Sports Illustrated reported that LiAngelo, who withdrew from UCLA following a suspension for shoplifting overseas, is not presently considered an NBA caliber prospect.
Still, this isn’t the first time Ball has spoken about his hopes to have all three sons play for the Lakers.
At a January Lithuanian press conference, he signed a local reporter’s Lakers cap with the date that all three boys would be playing for the team: 2020.
LaVar makes it clear: All three Ball brothers will be on the Lakers by 2020 👀 pic.twitter.com/vKYWvBReQX
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 5, 2018