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Lakers scout spotted at Lithuanian basketball game, LiAngelo Ball a possible target

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Could another big baller be on the way to Los Angeles?

Vytautas Prienai v Zalgiris Kauno Photo by Alius Koroliovas/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers plan on exploring all of their options with their picks in the upcoming NBA draft, including the possibility of drafting another Ball brother.

According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas, a Lakers scout was seen in Lituania watching a Lithuanian Baskebtall League game between BC Nevezis and Prienu Vytautas, the team Lonzo Ball’s two younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, play for.

Per Urbonas, LaMelo did not play because of an issue with his back and because he “isn’t in coach plans for the remainder of the season” with the possibility of Vytautas getting relegated to the second division looming. LaMelo won’t be eligible for the NBA draft until 2020 and is expected to play professionally in Lithuania until then.

LiAngelo, on the other hand, declared for the 2018 NBA draft in March, but isn’t likely to get selected after taking an unorthodox path to the draft led by his ambitious father LaVar.

The Lakers have two picks in the upcoming draft: the No. 25 pick (via Cleveland) and the No. 44 pick (via Denver). When the Lakers are on the clock for both picks, there will surely be better options than LiAngelo Ball, who wasn’t a highly touted prospect even before he left UCLA. However, he could get a Summer League invite if he shows he’s a project worth developing.