Might we have all three Ball brothers on the same team by the start of 2021-22?! One can dream, though that dream has a very small chance to become reality. We know LaMelo Ball will be starting for the Charlotte Hornets come the start of next season. We know there are rumors Lonzo Ball could be shipped to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, we know that the middle Ball brother, LiAngelo, will be competing for the Hornets squad at the NBA Summer League in August.
The Charlotte Hornets’ summer league roster featuring James Bouknight, Kai Jones and LiAngelo Ball, brother of Hornets star LaMelo Ball.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 2, 2021
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LiAngelo has been all over the place, playing for professional teams and being invited to NBA training camp in hopes of making a roster. He’s mostly invited to these types of things because of his family and not because of his basketball ability. It’s likely the Hornets wanted to make LaMelo happy and invite LiAngelo to play at the Summer League.
LiAngelo played for UCLA and then professionally over in Lithuania. He played in the JBL, a league founded by his father, LaVar Ball, in 2018 before joining the OKC Thunder’s G League squad for a season and then showing up for Detroit Pistons training camp in 2020 before being waived.
We shouldn’t expect much from Ball in Vegas. The Hornets have a pretty deep Summer League squad featuring recent lottery pick James Bouknight, last year’s rookies Nick Richards, Grant Riller and Vernon Carey Jr. We also see 2021 first-round pick Kai Jones, and second-round pick Scottie Lewis. So there are a handful of players the Hornets need to see at Summer League ahead of Ball.