Here’s how much they’re probably getting paid.
The Ball brothers are headed to Europe.
LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16, have reportedly agreed to one-year contracts with the Lithuanian club, Vytautas.
Both brothers were pulled from their respective teams earlier this year; LaMelo was pulled from his high school before the season and LiAngelo was pulled out of UCLA a little while after his arrest in China.
They’re expected to report to the team in early January.
Sources: LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have turned pro, signing one-year contracts with first division Lithuanian team Vytautas. They will report to the club in early January.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 11, 2017
If you’re thinking this is about money – contract money, anyway – it’s almost certainly not.
European basketball experts say players at this level typically don’t get more than $500/month. DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony says he wouldn’t be surprised if they’re just playing for free.
From what I'm told, salaries for players at this level of competition usually don't exceed $500 per month in the absolute best case. It wouldn't surprise me if the Ball brothers ended up playing for free. Certainly not the most glamorous league or part of the world to live in.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 11, 2017
The club released the following statement about the signing.
“Our club is excited for the arrival of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. We are committed to their long-term success and development as professional basketball players,” they told Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania.