LiAngelo Ball has had a hard time getting into the NBA, but after getting an opportunity to train with a team this summer, he’s one step closer to living the dream and playing.
NBA insider Shams Charania reported on Thursday that Ball has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Ball will play for the team’s G-League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.
In joining the Charlotte Hornets and their G-League team, LiAngelo will be closer to his younger brother, LaMelo. Last season, LaMelo Ball earned Rookie of the Year honors after a breakout season with the Hornets.
LiAngelo’s contract with the Hornets caps off what has been an incredible offseason for the entire Ball family. Fans are happy to see that LiAngelo is finally getting his shot in the NBA just as his brothers are getting their due:
Considering LaMelo Ball is the franchise’s cornerstone point guard, it would’ve made no sense not to have his brother, LiAngelo Ball play for the G League affiliate. https://t.co/tzdkCFG1rG
— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) October 14, 2021
What a summer for the Ball family. Lonzo gets out of Pelicans mess and gets a bag. Liangelo gets signed to the Hornets and he gets to play with lil bro. And Melo is poised to take that next step into being a star pg. Lavar the goat
— Klay 🏁 (@PP1Trey) October 14, 2021
WWWWW LiAngelo Ball to the Hornets
— Hannixe (@Hann1xe) October 14, 2021
I wonder if the NBA will ever get tired of pretending LiAngelo doesn’t deserve to ball 🤦🏾♂️
— Ricky (@SlickRich22) October 14, 2021
LiAngelo Ball committed to UCLA as a high school sophomore and played one game for the Bruins. But an incident in China resulted in his suspension from the team. He withdrew from UCLA and started playing basketball overseas instead.
Ball went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft and tried making his mark with several G-League teams. But injuries and other complications largely kept him off the court.
He almost got his shot with the Detroit Pistons in 2020, but was released just 11 days after signing a contract with them.
LaVar Ball now that all 3 of his sons are in the NBA 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/dfTurKBI5q
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) October 14, 2021
Ball has yet to make his NBA debut.