Detroit – new Detroit Pistons General Manager Troy Weaver He made dozens of moves over the past month that overshadowed LiAngelo Ball’s signature.
But since this includes a member of the Ball family, the signature Wednesday night shook social media. Not only is he the third of three siblings to reach the league, but his father, the controversial Lavar Ball, tweeted about the move almost immediately.
But now everyone wants to know: Who is LiAngelo Ball?
Answer: We really don’t know.
The 22-year-old went to play for Vytautas Prieno in Lithuania after high school and his name was not heard in the 2018 NBA draft.
ReadHere are 26 moves (trades, draft picks, free agents) the Detroit Pistons made in the past month:
His older brother, Lonzo, was the second pick overall for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. Lamello Ball won third overall with the Charlotte Hornets in last month’s draft.
Prior to the 2018 draft, LiAngelo Ball played 14 games in Lithuania during the 2017-18 season. He averaged 12.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 21.7 minutes per game. He shot 41.5% from the 3-point streak, 63.3% from the free throw line and overall 42.5% from the field.
Sources said LiAngelo Ball, brother of Pelican goalkeeper Lonzo Ball (No. 2 in 2017) and Hornets No. 3 who chose LaMelo Ball, is signing the Exhibit 10 deal. All the ball brothers are now signed into NBA contracts. https://t.co/o0daB2O2z2
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Is it good enough to make a list of pistons? Without really knowing Weaver’s plans, the answer is “Probably not.”
According to our calculations, the Pistons now have 22 players competing for 15 locations on the list. Click here to view each of these players and how they got here.
Blake Griffin, Derek Rose, Siko Domboya and Svyatoslav Mikhaeliuk are back from last season. Killian Hayes, Isaiah Stewart, and Bay’s friend were among the top 20 picks last month. Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor, Josh Jackson, Jerami Grant, and Wayne Ellington are signed by Weaver via a free agency. Deividas Sirvydis just secured a three-year contract.
That’s 13 names there. Some of the players captured in the deals last month, such as Dzanan Musa, Jailin Hands and Dillon Wright, are more likely to be on the list than LiAngelo Ball. Who knows if Lewis King, Sabine Lee, Rodney McGruder, Nikola Radesevich or Anthony Lamb is in the mix.
The point is: Detroit has to cut a lot of players in the coming weeks before the 2020-2021 season begins. Maybe LiAngelo Ball is in the camp by surprise and making the cut. But he doesn’t have much of a track record to work for.
The one-year contract between the two sides is a Show 10 deal that ensures Ball gets a training camp invitation.
Show 10 players get bonuses of up to $ 50,000 for signing up with a G League affiliate, if waived. They have to play with the affiliate for at least 60 days to get paid.
Does Weaver take a trip on the ball, or does he simply need another camp player? Either way, the Pistons have nothing to lose by bringing them, and they have little incentive to hold on to it if he doesn’t get their hand.
LiAngelo Ball is a big name due to his family, but in the scope of everything Weaver has done with the Pistons roster since mid-October, this appears to be a fairly minor step.
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