While speaking with Lithuanian basketball reporter Donatas Urbonas this week, Ball basically said he is planning to force the Lakers to draft and/or sign both LiAngelo and LaMelo by using Lonzo as leverage.
LaVar’s plan might not be quite as easy to execute as he is making it sound. Lonzo is under team control with the Lakers through the 2021-2022 season. The Lakers have club options for him in 2019 and 2020, and they can make him an unrestricted free agent in 2021 by extending a qualifying offer. If LaVar intends to have Lonzo threaten to leave L.A. should the Lakers not sign the point guard’s brother, he can’t really threaten them with Lonzo’s departure until 2022.
It’s still too early to see if LaMelo will turn into an NBA prospect, but some NBA executives have already been critical of LiAngelo’s game.
Courtesy of msn.com