LiAngelo Ball signs unsecured contract with Hornets G League squad


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Charlotte’s hornets announced Thursday This evening LiAngelo Ball, brother of Lonzo and LaMelo Ball, signs an unsecured contract with the Charlotte Hornets and will play for the team’s G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.

This occurs just a few days after he signed a contract with the G League, which would have made her eligible for the Oct. 23 G League draft, but by signing with the Hornets, Charlotte now has her rights. LiAngelo played for the Hornets during the Summer League, and they employ his younger brother, LaMelo, who just won the Rookie of the Year title last season.

LiAngelo is not as decorated a player as his two brothers, both of whom were among the top three picks in the NBA Draft. LiAngelo was not drafted in 2018 and played in Lithuania and for his father’s late junior basketball association LaVar Ball. LiAngelo signed with the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue in the 2019-20 season, but did not play until the season was abruptly canceled due to COVID-19. He signed a training camp contract with the Detroit Pistons last season, but was not in the roster.

Ball averaged 9.6 points per game for the Hornets in the Summer League, but still has failed to land an NBA contract. The G League represents his best chance to get there. It will be his best opportunity yet to prove himself as a player outside of the shadow of his more famous brethren at NBA talent assessors.

At 6-5, Ball is a bigger goalie like his brothers. He’s a strong shooter who doesn’t quite have the remarkable passing instincts of his brothers. He’s not a remarkable athlete or defender, and he’ll need to improve on both fronts if he is to reach the NBA, but the G League exists to help sand the sharpest edges in young players’ games. He gets into a development infrastructure, and if he improves there, he’ll have another chance to prove he belongs in the NBA.

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