LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign pro contracts with Lithuanian club

The teenage brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball have signed professional contracts with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the teenage brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, have signed professional contracts with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, ending their NCAA eligibility.

The move comes one week after LiAngelo, 19, withdrew from UCLA after the basketball team suspended him indefinitely for a shoplifting incident on the teams tour of China, an episode that promoted a public spat with Donald Trump.

LaMelo, a 16-year-old high school junior, ended his prep career when he withdrew from Chino Hills High in October to be home-schooled by his father, LaVar, the creator of Big Baller Brand whose role as outspoken paterfamilias has vaulted him into the cultural mainstream.

Prienu Vytautas, or BC Prienai as its known, said in a statement that the brothers will report to the club in early January.

Their contracts run through the end of the current season. The clubs sports director Vilius Vaitkevicius says of the Balls: We are committed to their long-term success and development as professional basketball players.

Vytautas fields teams in both the Lithuanian and Baltic leagues, with the latter the lesser competitive of the two circuits. The Ball brothers are expected to play in the Baltic League.

I dont care about the money, LaVar Ball said Thursday when explaining why his sons signed with an agent. I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.

Harrison Gaines, now the agent for all three Ball brothers after signing contracts with LiAngelo and LaMelo, told Yahoo Sports that he was engaged in talks with a number of clubs, but said it made the most sense to sign with Vytautas.

It was critical to find a situation in a competitive league that works with both of their short- and long-term goals, Gaines told the website.

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