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Report: LiAngelo Ball not talented enough for Lakers’ summer team

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6/23/2018 Gordon Dixon, Larry Brown Sports
Seems like the Lakers left no doubt on their evaluation of Lonzo Ball's brother. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Seems like the Lakers left no doubt on their evaluation of Lonzo Ball's brother.

LiAngelo Ball’s exclusion from the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league team may have been due to an issue of talent.

Leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft, Ball held workouts with a couple of teams, including the Lakers, for whom his brother, Lonzo, plays. That may be the extent of Ball’s association with the Lakers moving forward.

The Athletic’s Bill Oram reported on Friday that a Lakers source told him LiAngelo was left off the summer league team because of a lack of talent.

That’s notable because ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Ball would not be invited to be on the Lakers’ summer league team for possibly another reason.

Prior to Lonzo Ball being drafted by the Lakers last year, his father LaVar talked about his plan to one day have all three of his sons one day play for the Lakers. One may be all LaVar gets. It seems the ship has all but sailed on LiAngelo wearing the purple and gold anytime soon. LaVar’s last shot could be with his youngest son, LaMelo, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association, a league founded by LaVar Ball.

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