And-Ones: LaMelo Ball, Brooks, De Colo, Black

Like fellow 2020 prospect R.J. Hampton, LaMelo Ball will play in Australia’s NBL next season. After announcing his decision on ESPN’s The Jump on Monday (link via ESPN’s Jonathan Givony), Ball made it official, signing with the Illawarra Hawks for the 2019/20 season. According to Givony, Ball signed a two-year contract, but it has NBA out clauses.

Having spent a year playing in Lithuania, Ball was unlikely to be cleared to play for an NCAA program anyway, but he’s still the second potential 2020 first-round pick to join the NBL for the coming season. LaMelo, who is Lonzo Ball‘s younger brother, is ranked by ESPN as the No. 21 prospect in next year’s draft class.

“My agents did a ton of research on the options I had to play this coming season, and Australia really made sense for me,” Ball told ESPN. “They have a really strong league, with excellent coaches and great players, including former and future NBA players, and great strength and conditioning programs. My goal is to be the top pick in next year’s draft, and I feel they can help me reach that goal. Also, the timing of the season works well with the timing of next year’s draft.”

Meanwhile, the Illawarra Hawks also appear poised to add a former NBA guard to their roster, as Lachy Reid of Channel Ten and Olgun Uluc of FOX Sports Australia (Twitter links) report that Aaron Brooks is set to join the Australian club (hat tip to Sportando). Brooks, a longtime NBA point guard, last played in the league in 2017/18 when he appeared in 32 games for the Timberwolves.

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6 thoughts on “And-Ones: LaMelo Ball, Brooks, De Colo, Black

  1. OCTraveler

    Will Ball’s other brother him try and hook on there as well? DiAngelo played well in this year’s summer “Drew League” and might get a look by a foreign league or maybe even a G League team.

  2. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    “Why are all the towels missing all of a sudden??”
    – Illawarra Hawks locker room manager

  3. x%sure

    Windhorst did’t have much new, but did say Kawhi’s options are:
    5/$190 with Toronto
    4/$140 anywhere else
    1+1/$69 with Toronto and be eligible for the 10-year vet 35% supermax in 2021. Windhorst didn’t say what that is worth, but Kemba’s 2019 supermax is 5/$221, and espn’s Bobby Marks estimates Giannis’ 2020 supermax option to be 5/$247. So a 2021 supermax might be around 5/$273? So for the next seven years avg 273+69÷7= $49MM per year though 2026. He shoots, he scores!

    The $342 total looks like a lot more compared to taking the $190 now plus then the first two years of the next contract. But even if he signed for $75 a year in 2023, not unlikely given the rise in supermax rates, it’s about the same and he runs the risk of injury before he gets the supermax.
    So I doubt the 1+1.

  4. gmail.com

    I find it amusing that someone LaMelo Balls age will be playing against people like Andrew Bogut.

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