LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball. The plan now is for both to play on the same team abroad.
"I do not care about the money," said LaVar Ball on Thursday morning. "I want them to go to a place where they play together on the court at the same time, the priority is for the children to play on the same team"
UCLA basketball player, Steve Alford, said he was surprised when he learned through several media reports that LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, was leaving the program and dropping out of school.
LaVar Ball told ESPN that he took his son LiAngelo out of UCLA after the player was suspended indefinitely due to a shoplifting incident.
The Ball and UCLA families were not built for the long term. It was supposed to be a three-season relationship, a Lonzo-LiAngelo-LaMelo succession of "one time", with LaVar screaming all the time. But now, it's over.
Ball said earlier this week that the plan was still for LaMelo, who retired from Chino Hills (California) High School at the beginning of his junior season, to play in UCLA in two years. However, Elder Ball told ESPN that it would not be the case.
"He's not going to play college basketball," Ball said.
Gaines also represents the oldest of the Ball brothers, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. LaVar Ball said that Gaines has been dealing with several foreign clubs about LiAngelo and LaMelo. The sources told ESPN that several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest.
"I do not know the deals and who offers what," said Ball. "I'll let Harrison handle all of that, but I know there are some teams interested, I just need them to play again."
Ball said he will probably spend some time where his two youngest children end up playing, and he also intends to have his uncles go and help.
"There will be three people with them all the time," Ball said. "I'm going to come and go and probably stay out for a while at the beginning."
Ball pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA earlier this week and told ESPN that he was frustrated that the school had not made a final determination on the length of his son's suspension after an arrest for shoplifting in China last month.