LiAngelo Ball has joined the NBA G League, completing a move that had been reported since March 3. He signed with the Oklahoma City Blue, the G League affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, on March 9.
As of last week, the expectation was that Ball would sign his contract relatively soon, said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press last Tuesday. Ball had been working out for about two months with the Blue, who have nine games left on their regular-season schedule.
LiAngelo Ball is the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball and 2020 NBA draft lottery-slot candidate LaMelo Ball. The Blue are the affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Athletic first reported the G League’s contract offer to LiAngelo Ball.
Ball entered the 2018 NBA draft and was not selected. He started the 2017-18 college season with UCLA and left school after being involved in a shoplifting scandal during a team trip to China. UCLA had suspended him indefinitely from the team, and after Ball left the school, he and younger brother LaMelo signed with a Lithuanian club.
LiAngelo Ball also played briefly in the Junior Basketball Association, a short-lived league founded by his father, LaVar Ball, that was touted as an alternative to college basketball.