LaVar Ball Says He Doesn't Care About Money; LiAngelo, LaMelo to Play Overseas

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LaVar Ball Says He Doesn't Care About Money; LiAngelo, LaMelo to Play Overseas
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LaVar Ball announced Thursday two of his sons, LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball, signed with agent Harrison Gaines with the intention of playing professional basketball overseas.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com passed along comments from the Ball family patriarch, who said the main focus is getting the Ball brothers on the same roster, not the financial details of their contracts.

"I don't care about the money," LaVar said. "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."

LaMelo, 16, was removed from Chino Hills High School in California by his father in October.

The point guard, who was rated as a 5-star prospect and the No. 15 overall player in the 2019 college basketball recruiting class in 247Sports' composite rankings, was previously committed to UCLA.

"He's not going to play college basketball," LaVar told Goodman.

LiAngelo, 19, was a freshman on the Bruins basketball team before opting to leave the program this week while on indefinite suspension after getting arrested on shoplifting charges in China ahead of UCLA's season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai last month.

In June, LaVar told Goodman the ultimate long-term goal is for LiAngelo and LaMelo to join Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, on the Los Angeles Lakers.

"And we get three of the Ball boys on the Lakers together, and we gonna go championship, championship, championship, championship, championship," he said. "You think I'm playing? You saw what they did in high school."

It's unclear whether the Lakers would be interested in a Ball family reunion down the line. Chris Haynes of ESPN.com noted the organization has already started to strictly enforce a regulation preventing members of the media from entering the family section at games in what's been dubbed the "LaVar Ball rule."

Meanwhile, sources told Goodman "several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest" in potentially signing LiAngelo and LaMelo.

However, David Pick of Bleacher Report reported that "most European club executives with whom B/R spoke want nothing to do with the Balls, simply because neither son comes with a proven track record."

"LiAngelo and LaMelo were offered to our team, both kids, looking for a deal in Europe," MoraBanc Andorra general manager Francesc Solana told Pick. "Money isn't an issue to them, but they have zero experience, so it's difficult to take them seriously. I don't know what to do with the dad, LaVar Ball (laughs). This isn't a good or normal situation; I don't like it, we are not going to sign them."

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