The two youngest sons of LaVar Ball will play with a professional basketball team in Lithuania for one year.
LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16, have signed a one-year contract with Prienai Vytautas in the Lithuanian Basketball League, The Vertical reports.
The brothers will begin their international careers in January.
LiAngelo Ball (left), 19, and LaMelo Ball (right), 16, will move to Lithuania at the beginning of 2018 to play for one year with Prienai Vytautas in the Lithuanian Basketball League
Their father, LaVar Ball, pulled them out of school. LiAngelo was suspended indefinitely from the University of California, Los Angeles after being caught shoplifting in China. LaMelo was taken out of Chino Hills High School
Their father noted on Instagram: ‘LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are Officially Professional Basketball Players.
‘Both Ball Brothers have signed to play for Club “Prienai” in Lithuania.
‘It’s not about the money for the Ball Brothers. They have a passion to play Basketball and to experience playing as pros was the Goal.
‘They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off. The Big Baller way!
‘#BBB #Familyfirst #builtforthis’
ESPN reports that the team, which is located outside of the country’s second largest city, Kaunau, hopes that the brothers will give them added publicity.
LaMelo was taken out of Chino Hills High School this year by his father, who had concerns about the school’s basketball coach.
LiAngelo has been indefinitely suspended by the University of California, Los Angeles, after being caught shoplifting in China.
The Bruins prepared to play their season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai this past September.
Eventually LiAngelo, along with fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were allowed to return to the United States after being forced to stay in China for several days.
Pictured is the team for with the Ball brothers will be playing. LaVar Ball feuded with Donald Trump over the role the president may or may not have played in securing LiAngelo’s safe passage from China after being caught shoplifting
The brothers will be playing in the small town of Prienai, outside Kaunas. Pictured is the town church
The students were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton outlet near the hotel in Hangzhou where the team was staying.
LaVar Ball had publicly questioned what US President Donald Trump, who took credit for getting the ballers out of jail, had actually done.
Trump hit back with a 5am Twitter rant in which he branded him a ‘fool’ and compared him to legendary boxing promoter Don King.
He wrote: ‘It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think.’
He continued in a second tweet: ‘LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!’
LaVar Ball criticized Trump in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
‘What did he [Trump] do for my son?’ Ball asked Cuomo. ‘I don’t have to go around thanking everybody. I don’t have to go around thanking everybody.’
Of the two Lithuania-bound Balls, LaMelo is considered more talented by sports analysts.
Older brother Lonzo, 20, plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.