LaVar Ball has decided where his youngest sons will play next

LaVar Ball

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Lavar Ball said he is not concerned with the money, but wants his sons to be playing basketball again - on the same team and on the court at the same time.

The middle son, LiAngelo, was involved in a highly publicized incident in China that resulted in the arrest of three UCLA players for theft from a handful of high-end stores during the UCLA men's basketball team's trip overseas for a game. He initially was targeted to play at UCLA in two years by his father, but that plan has now changed.

The pair reportedly signed with Harrison Gaines, who represents older brother Lonzo, the second-overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lonzo Ball said he thinks his brother LiAngelo's decision to leave UCLA "is a good decision". Emmanuel Mudiay was picked highest of any player to have done so, though his early struggles to adjust to the National Basketball Association might make teams reluctant to pull the trigger on another such prospect. "There will be three people with them all the time", he said. Playing overseas may be the only professional option for the younger Ball brothers. According to Goodman, LaVar Ball was frustrated that the school had not yet determined the length of his son's suspension. It's a future that has nearly certainly been made more unlikely by this move.

He definitively added about LaMelo: "He's not going to play college basketball".

Historically, players who've eschewed college for a year of pro ball in Europe or Asia haven't ended up in high draft slots. "I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested". As a former middle school basketball coach, I've witness firsthand how parents think little Johnny or Susan are the next great Olympians and anyone who tells them otherwise is insane and doesn't know what they're talking about.

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