La Melo Ball to the NBL could actually happen.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, "NBL remains in search of LaMelo Ball … to sign a contract with & # 39; Next Stars & # 39;".
The seventeen year old brother of the recently traded Lonzo Ball it has been reported to have a number of offers, with China and Australia the "main destinations" that LaMelo is considering for next season.
Set to circumvent the college system, Stein reports that the Illawarra Hawks were mentioned as "potential landing spots" for the high-profile teenager, who could follow in the footsteps of R.J. Hamption; the most recent acquisition of "Next Stars".
In the last month, it was understood that Ball considered his professional options in Australia, China and the NBA G-League.
He posted a photo on his Instagram page on Sunday with the caption & # 39; Decision coming up & # 39 ;.
Foxsports.com.au understands that Illawarra and Cairns were the two most likely landing sites if the ball were to be signed into the NBL.
The "Next Stars" program was started before the start of the 2018-19 season, with players paid by NBL, then assigned to a team.
Players being brought are paid $ AUD100,000, which ends with $ 50,000 net, sources saidfoxsports.com.au in March 2018.
The idea of the "Next Stars" initiative is to give a young player the opportunity to play in a professional league, in a safe and secure country – both practically and financially – before declaring to the NBA Draft. LaMelo, a combined guard, has the potential to be a lottery choice in the 2020 draft.
LaMelo attended the last SPIRE Institute, in Ohio, for his high school basketball.
In December 2017, he played for BC Prienai, in Lithuania, before signing with the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association; a league created by his father, LaVar.