Big Baller Brand could be in trouble as the Ball empire at UCLA ended abruptly last week. The two youngest Ball Brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, signed with basketball agent Harrison Gaines, and then signed with a team in Lithuania. “The priority is for the boys to play on the same team,” said LaVar Ball.
While Lithuania seems like a decent choice, a better fit for the duo would have been F.C. Barcelona and the EuroLeague. Yes, F.C. Barcelona has a basketball team and as a matter of fact, they have a pretty good one, too.
Barca has produced NBA talent such as the Gasol brothers and Ricky Rubio. There’s a huge amount of upside to playing in Spain. The first is that it provides a high level of competition and will adequately prepare the brothers for the NBA combine. Another aspect that could be key in their development is playing time.
Time on the court will limited for the two if they play at Barcelona, but that could work as a motivator. One of the best European point guards, Sergio Llull, also plays at the club and could help elevate Melo’s game to a new level. It may not be the best fit if they want to be on the court all the time, but if preparing them for the draft is priority number one, then F.C. Barcelona is the ideal landing spot.