LiAngelo Ball and his Big Baller Brand team might want to start coming up with backup plans, because the goal of playing on the Lakers with Lonzo is reportedly a longshot. The New York Times’ Marc Stein dropped the bad news on Gelo in a tweet Wednesday, stating the Lakers don’t even have interest in him playing on their G-League team after watching his workout:
A dribble of draft scuttle for those interested: The Lakers had LiAngelo Ball in for a well-chronicled workout this week but there is pessimism in the extreme coming out of L.A. today that the Lakers have any intentions for him … G-League or otherwise
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 30, 2018
Poor Gelo. He has his heart set out on tearing up the league with Lonzo. Playing with his big bro is pretty much his life goal, he made that known during an interview with ESPN LA earlier this month (via LakersNation):
Lakers is my priority, for sure. I want to play with my brother. Ever since I played with Zo, we went undefeated. Same thing will happen when we get older. We’re just going to get stronger and faster and better feel for the game.
My priority is the Lakers. I just want to play with my brother.
The good news for Gelo? There are more workouts ahead. He has a showing with the Golden State Warriors coming up in June… perhaps they’ll have a need for a former Lithuanian basketball star on the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Sources: LiAngelo Ball, who will work out for the Lakers on Tuesday, has a workout scheduled with the Golden State Warriors on June 10.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 28, 2018
LaVar’s nemesis, ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman, verifies Gelo isn’t G-League caliber:
The NBA executives I have spoken to about LiAngelo Ball have all said that they don’t feel he’s talented enough to play in the G-League. https://t.co/ECv8ybnuHa
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 30, 2018