SLAM Magazine: LiAngelo Ball has joined the @okcblue as a practice player, per @joe_mussatto. pic.twitter.com/QDyyzu0fgt
In November, LiAngelo Ball announced that he was planning on pursuing an NBA G League contract. With just 13 games left in the regular season, the middle Ball brother still hasn’t found a spot on a G League roster. However, he has garnered some interest from teams overseas, including the London Lions of the British Basketball League. In the most recent episode of “Ball In the Family,” LiAngelo revealed that the London Lions had expressed interest in signing him to a contract.
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Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: LiAngelo Ball has notified NBA G League teams that he is planning to enter player pool to sign a G League contract. Ball went undrafted in June NBA draft after playing in Lithuania last season.
LaVar Ball says the pathway for LiAngelo Ball to get to the Lakers is a clear one ... and it runs through the new hoops league he created -- THE JBA!! L.A. -- along with the other 29 teams in the NBA -- passed on Gelo in the draft last month ... so now the most famous Ball has a new plan to fix that -- put him in a JBA jersey with LaMelo. "It's not even a yellow brick road," LaVar tells TMZ Sports. "It's a road that he has to take. It's nothing wrong with this."
LiAngelo Ball will play with one of his brothers on a Los Angeles basketball franchise. Unfortunately, it's not Lonzo, it's not the Los Angeles Lakers and it's not in the NBA. LiAngelo will be a part of the Los Angeles Ballers in his dad LaVar's JBA, where he'll team up with younger sibling LaMelo: The middle Ball brother said he just wants to win and is "trying to get better every day" after he went undrafted in the NBA.
LiAngelo Ball says he's going to be a Los Angeles Laker! ... Eventually. We got Lonzo's little bro at LAX on Wednesday ... and we just had to ask about his dad's prediction that Gelo will join up with Zo in the purple and gold. "Yeah, I will," Gelo says. "Probably later. I think I will." Just one problem ... Gelo says nobody from the NBA has called about putting him on their roster -- so sounds like it'll DEFINITELY be later rather than sooner.
LiAngelo Ball chased his dream of making it to the NBA, but has since struggled to garner a Summer League invite as an undrafted free agent, let alone get drafted into the league by the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite devoting so much of his life to this pursuit—and coming up empty thus far—Gelo sounded like a young man at peace with his circumstances during a recent appearance on V103 Atlanta alongside Lonzo Ball and LaVar Ball. “It’s not upsetting at all,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m only 19. So people acting like it’s the end of the world for me, like I’m 26 or something. Nah, I’m 19. I got other stuff I could do.”
LaVar added that they had to shut down Gelo for the season in order to prepare better for NBA draft combine, pre-draft camps and so on. But he was mad that Melo didn’t get any playing time in the end of the season
Adrian Wojnarowski: Story filed to ESPN with @Jonathan Givony: LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are in serious discussions to sign professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas. Club plans to decide in next 24-to-48 hours whether to finalize an agreement with the two American teenagers.
LaVar Ball told ESPN that LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball, and the plan is now for both to play on the same team overseas. "I don't care about the money," LaVar said on Thursday morning. "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."
LaVar said that Gaines, who also represents Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, has been dealing with various overseas clubs about LiAngelo and LaMelo. Sources told ESPN that there have been several teams in Europe and Asia that have expressed interest. "I don't know the deals and who is offering what," LaVar said. "I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again."
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball said he thinks LiAngelo leaving UCLA was the right call. “We talked about it as a family. We all came to an agreement that was the best thing for him.”
LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have started to explore options to sign internationally, sources told Yahoo Sports. LiAngelo and UCLA parted ways officially on Monday, which marked the start of his preparation for his professional basketball career. Harrison Gaines, the representative for LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo, 19, started initial contact with overseas teams this week, sources told Yahoo Sports.
August 4, 2021 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent center Enes Kanter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Kanter returns to Boston to compete in the Eastern Conference title race.
Even having been cast aside, Dragic adores the Heat, sources said. Serious veterans appreciate Riley’s commitment to winning. “We never once spoke about Miami as a city,” Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, told me last year in explaining Butler’s desire to be there. “Obviously it’s an amazing place with amazing people, but Jimmy wasn’t going there for the beach. Since he’s gotten there, I think we have gone out to eat less than 10 times and one of them was the Super Bowl. We didn’t even talk about the tax advantages. The only questions he asked were of the background of the people involved and how they would build out the team.”
The Heat had talks with Bobby Portis, sources said, and the Portis-Adebayo frontcourt would have offered an intriguing combination of shooting and size. Portis would have been Miami’s new and probably superior version of Meyers Leonard and Olynyk — center-ish bigs the Heat paired with Adebayo (another center) because Adebayo can defend anyone, allowing Spoelstra to hide weaker tag-team partners.
What was your original genesis to blockchain and cryptocurrency? Spencer Dinwiddie: Back in 2014, I was told about it. I was a rookie at the time and I was too scared to put my money into it because you hear horror stories about people losing all their money. In 2017, I was a bit more stable in my career so I had a subsequent conversation. I ended up getting in with a small amount of money. I experienced one of the boom markets and I made some money. Then I experienced one of the historic crashes as well. I ended up not making nearly as much money as I would have if I had sold at the top. But that sparked an interest in learning. Markets have cycles like that but the volatility that crypto had, as well as the potential gains, that’s how I got so attracted to it. The concept of turning a thousand dollars into a million dollars was an initial piece in terms of the potential for wealth creation. That sparked a learning curve and that’s just part of what has kept me in this space for the last four or five years. The technology and the ability to change things has kept me, too.
Spencer Dinwiddie: I think what we learned through NBA Top Shot, NFTs and the NBA as a whole is that there is definitely a market for collectibles in sports — just like baseball cards. It’s been that way through the dawn of time in that space because of verified scarcity. With the NFT boom and collapse, we also learned that just like anything else, you can’t overdo it. It has to be something we as a fan base and consumers genuinely think is valuable and have thought is valuable. If you just strap an NFT to a leaf that fell off a tree, during the boom, that’s cool. But there is no market for that. That’s what I’m most excited about for Calaxy. When these things look like apples to apples, it becomes a market and that’s tradeable. It’s not going to be like the NFT experience of this past spring where everybody tried to do a one-off art collab but there was no real market that was able to standardize these things and allow them to really pair up value to see what happened.
August 4, 2021 | 11:13 am EDT Update
Josh Robbins: The Orlando Magic have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with Moe Wagner, league sources said.
Josh Robbins: The commitments to sign Robin Lopez and now Moe Wagner, in addition to the recent signings of rookies Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner, would give Orlando 15 players under contract. However, Dwayne Bacon’s 2021-22 salary is nonguaranteed for a few more days.