Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has waived forward LiAngelo Ball. Ball appeared in five games with the Hornets at the 2021 MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 9.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 17.4 minutes per game.
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The Hornets are signing LiAngelo Ball to an Exhibit 10 contract on Thursday and will then waive him, a source with direct knowledge of the deal told The Observer. The move is being done so the Hornets can retain Ball’s G League rights, clearing the way for him to potentially play for the Greensboro Swarm.
Shams Charania: After playing for the Hornets in Summer League, LiAngelo Ball is signing a contract in the NBA G League, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Ball will enter the Oct. 23 Draft, where he could be candidate for Charlotte’s Greensboro affiliate.
LiAngelo Ball is getting a co-sign from one of the NBA’s top talents … with Jayson Tatum telling TMZ Sports the Summer League standout is long overdue to have a spot in the league!! The 22-year-old showed out during his time playing in Vegas over the past week — scoring 9.6 points in 17 minutes per game … with several incredible highlight plays. We caught up with the Boston Celtics star outside Avra in Beverly Hills about Gelo’s string of performances … and he thinks Ball did enough to get him on an active roster for 2021. “I think so,” Tatum tells us. “It’s only right, he’s put in the work. I’m sure he’ll find his way on a team.”
Jordan Schultz: Lots of buzz around @LiAngeloBall, who’s played very well during Summer League and is vying for *either* an NBA or G-League spot. Have spoken w/multiple members of the #Hornets’ org. They love Gelo! Has proven to a ton of doubters that he’s a legit guy and a big time worker…
LiAngelo Ball, the brother of rookie of the year LaMelo Ball, is expected sign a with the Hornets and be on their summer league roster when it’s finalized, league sources told SI.com’s All Hornets. The move is on track to happen as the team prepares to fully assemble its roster and depart for summer league in Las Vegas from August 8-17. Playing in the league’s summer showcase next month could provide Ball, 22, with the opportunity he needs to jumpstart his career.
Ball, who went undrafted in 2018, signed with the Oklahoma City Blue — the G League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder — just three days prior to the league shutting down on March 12, 2020 due to the pandemic and never played for them. He inked an Exhibit 10 contract with Detroit in early December and was waived 12 days later, failing to appear in any games after reportedly suffering a right ankle injury. Besides Ball, the expectation is Vernon Carey Jr., Nick Richards and the team’s first-round pick on Thursday will be among those suiting up for the Hornets during summer league, per league sources.
Lavar’s Father “Big Yank” reveals why LiAngelo Ball isn’t playing with Team BBB in the drew league… “They’re keeping him in North Carolina cause the Charlotte Hornets might be trying to sign Gelo”
Shams Charania: LiAngelo Ball has signed a contract in the NBA G League to play in the bubble, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
James Edwards III: Per sources, the #Pistons have waived Anthony Lamb, Louis King and LiAngelo Ball.
Shams Charania: LiAngelo Ball is signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Shams Charania: LiAngelo Ball, the brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (No. 2 overall pick in 2017) and Hornets No. 3 pick LaMelo Ball, is signing an Exhibit 10 deal, sources said. The Ball brothers are now all signed to NBA contracts.
Joe Mussatto: It’s official. pic.twitter.com/MhdfUZVQdP
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.
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.
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