Late Thursday evening, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and his agent Harrison Gaines had “mutually agreed to part ways.” Now, Ball is looking to hire new representation, but he’s reportedly not the one meeting with agents.
Despite Ball’s desire to become his own man, his father LaVar Ball is still making big baller business decisions for the 21-year-old, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
The plan was for the Los Angeles Lakers’ second-year guard to become his own man, but LaVar Ball has re-emerged as the shot-caller in orchestrating his son’s next pivotal move, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
LaVar Ball has since met with a few NBA agents on his son’s behalf and CAA is viewed as the favorite to gain control of the point guard’s career, sources said.
CAA is the same agency that represents Paul George, D’Angelo Russell, Ed Davis and Julius Randle. Understandably, CAA and the Lakers are rumored to have a rocky relationship because of the way the team has handled CAA clients in the past, but perhaps Lonzo could be the bridge to the two sides forming a better relationship. That relationship could pay dividends as soon as this summer, with CAA clients like Trevor Ariza and Terrence Ross set to his unrestricted free agency.
However, LaVar has two other players in mind he’d like Lonzo’s new agent to help facilitate moves for: his two other sons, LaMelo and LiAngelo:
But there are concerns from respective agents with LaVar’s involvement and where the family stands financially with the failed Big Baller Brand, sources said.
In the process of vetting agent candidates during meetings, LaVar is inquiring if the agencies have the power to pair his three sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — on the same NBA team, sources said.
LaMelo just wrapped up his senior year at Spire Institute and is expected to play a season overseas until he’s eligible for the NBA Draft in 2020. Meanwhile, LiAngelo is having trouble finding a team in the NBA G League to give him a shot, and unless he drastically improves over the summer, that likely won’t change any time soon. In other words, LaVar’s asking a lot from whoever Lonzo signs with.
It goes without saying, but this summer promises to be an eventful one for Lonzo, who will be juggling his first offseason in the NBA, a lawsuit with a former business parter, a new shoe deal and a new agent all at once.
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