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LaVar Ball: Lonzo won't re-up with Lakers unless brothers are signed

Not quite understanding of how NBA free agency and legal ramifications of player contracts, Father Ball seems to be saying whatever's necessary to keep his plans intact.


Kahron Spearman


LaVar Ball continues to illustrate that he doesn't understand how the NBA works.

On Monday, he talked with Lithuania basketball reporter Donatas Urbonas (h/t Bleacher Report) about how he planned to get his three sons together onto one team - even if that team isn't the Los Angeles Lakers.

He first says that if the Lakers don't take LiAngelo Ball next season, that he would continue to play in Lithuania with the youngest song, LaMelo.

It makes sense until he brings up what he believes will happen after Lonzo's third season. 

Lonzo will be on his 3rd year and I want let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers, but will go to any team, that will take all of my three boys.

LaVar Ball
CEO, Big Baller Brand

The problem, of course, is that Los Angeles has team options on the rookie point guard through the 2020-21 season.

Say the Lakers and Ball don't come to an agreement on an extension after the options, he would become a restricted free agent and the Lakers could match any deal offered. 

If Ball becomes the player the Lakers hope, they likely would resign him, with no worry to Daddy Ball's demands. If not, and he becomes a free agent, it would be hard to see a team making space for all three players, when only one of them is an NBA-caliber player at present time - not to mention a headache personified as LaVar Ball.

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