"The priority is for the boys to play on the same team".
Gaines has yet to respond to a request for comment.
LaMelo, 16, was a junior at Chino Hills High School, but his father pulled him out of school as well over a feud with a his coach. That information comes from LaVar Ball.
After it was announced Monday that LaVar Ball is pulling son LiAngelo out of UCLA because he's unhappy with the basketball team's indefinite suspension of the guard following his shoplifting arrest in China, people wondered if the controversial hoops dad's youngest son, LaMelo, was going to honor his commitment to UCLA.
LiAngelo, who was a freshman at UCLA this year, is in the process of leaving the school at his father's request. Ball said the entire family came to an agreement "that was the best thing for him". His ability to play at UCLA was already in question due to his signature shoes, which might have violated the NCAA's policy on amateurism. Conversely, it would take a $2,500 bet on LiAngelo going undrafted to win only $100 - a significantly more likely scenario.
Just a few days ago, the elder Ball claimed that his youngest son LaMelo would still go to UCLA after removing LiAngelo. Lavar put everything on hold to care for his wife and make sure she recovered to be the woman she was.
According to Goodman, several teams in Europe and Asia (presumably not China) have expressed interest in signing the Ball brothers. Because they've retained professional representation, they will not be allowed to play college basketball.
I'll be the first to admit, I didn't think much of the Ball family when I first heard about three brothers in California who were hyped to be the next great family in basketball.