LiAngelo Ball went undrafted on Thursday night and afterward was informed by the Los Angeles Lakers that they won't be inviting him to join their summer league team, according to ESPN.
LiAngelo, the younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and middle of three basketball-playing Ball brothers, worked out for Los Angeles and the Golden State Warriors before the draft. After his Lakers workout, the team signified it had 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.
Ball had reportedly held out hope for a summer league invite.
The 6-foot-5 LiAngelo said recently that he wanted to join his brother, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 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 and told reporters 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 said. "Because if you are not producing out there, they will fire you quick. Every game is hard out there."
--Field Level Media