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It appears LaVar Ball faces an uphill battle speaking his son LiAngelo joining the Los Angeles Lakers into existence.
LiAngelo, the younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and middle of three basketball-playing Ball brothers, worked out for Los Angeles on Tuesday. In the aftermath of the workout, the Lakers have no interest in drafting LiAngelo or signing the 19-year-old to play for their G League team, the South Bay Lakers, according to a report from USA Today Sports.
The 6-foot-5 LiAngelo said recently that he wanted to join his brother, the No. 2 overall pick in last summer's NBA draft, on the Lakers. LaVar, the patriarch of the Ball family, has said previously all three of his sons, including 16-year-old LaMelo, would be playing for the Lakers in 2020.
LiAngelo left UCLA during his freshman season for a Lithuanian professional league following his shoplifting arrest on a team trip to China. LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points per game for Vytautas Prienu this season, telling reporters Tuesday the time overseas further helped him adjust to the NBA game.
"I think it prepared me a little better as far as going against grown men that care about their job every day," LiAngelo added. "Because if you are not producing out there, they will fire you quick. Every game is hard out there."
LiAngelo isn't sure of his draft prospects, telling reporters, "Whatever team thinks that I can produce for them, that is who I am going to play for." He is expected to go undrafted next month.
LiAngelo said he has a workout scheduled with the Golden State Warriors as well.
The Lakers own the No. 25 pick in the first round of the draft, along with No. 47 in the second round.
--Field Level Media