It may be a while, if ever, before we see LiAngelo Ball on the Lakers roster.
LiAngelo didn't hear his name called draft night. leaving some to wonder what's next for the kid, who LaVar promised would one day join Lonzo on the Lakers. Furthermore, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports that the Lakers have informed LiAngelo that he will not be a part of their Summer League team.
Prior to the 2018 draft, LiAngelo had worked out with the Golden State Warriors as well as the Lakers. Ball's older brother, Lonzo Ball, was the No. 2 overall pick by Los Angeles in last year's draft. That was a predictable outcome for much of the basketball universe but, in the same breath, substantial interest remains with regard to where he may land in terms of a future basketball career.
Ball could theoretically play for another summer league team, although that's considered unlikely at this point. No high-fives when they come out of the game. "I'm here playing for these guys, playing for the Lakers". Lonzo will be on his third year, and I'll let every National Basketball Association team know that Lonzo is not going to re-sign with the Lakers, but will go to any team that will take all of my three boys.
Throughout the process, the Lakers told Ball this would be "a merit-based system", as one source put it, and that Ball's workout with the team could have earned him a spot if he had impressed.