The youngest of the Ball bros finalized the paperwork in order to acquire the Illawara Hawks
LaMelo Ball has been projected to stardom since he was a 14-year-old! Playing along side his two older brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, he showcased his potential on the offensive side of the field, assisting and scoring as a high school freshman.
His unique journey would take him to Lithuania, then Lavar’s JBA league, to closing his high school chapter in Spire Academy, and finally Australia. LaMelo averaged 17 points to go along with 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists in his first real overseas season.
This prompted LaMelo to be in the No. 1 pick conversations with teams such as New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers wanting him to be the ‘face’ of the team. After teaming with his manager Jermaine Jackson, former NBA player, he looks for things besides basketball also.
According to ESPN, Lamelo Ball has purchased his former team with his manager! In an extremely unusual life journey, this may seem as the most unusual decision yet.
How is this even possible? Well per SB Nation’s collected data, Brisbane Bullets were on the market for between $5 million and $10 million and Melbourne United was reportedly sold for $10 million. The entire league was sold for $7 million to Larry Kestelman in 2015.
However, these are bigger and more famous teams in Australian basketball. Per reports, LaMelo was banking $78k monthly whilst playing for the team. He was also a star in Ball in the Family Facebook exclusive reality show and is one of the most popular teenagers on Instagram, having 5.2 million followers. Both could provide a real source of income, as well as his MB1 line of sneakers with Big Baller Brand.
Ball was also rumored to be offered a $100 million sneaker deal with a private jet by an unknown company with reports suggesting it might be Puma. Puma is mentioned as a brand with a lot of young athletes looking for a marquee signing.