LaVar Ball used a strange tactic to discuss Lonzo Ball’s contract status with the Los Angeles Lakers.
It is a lot. It involves his three sons. It, in regards to there being a thing called restricted free agency, actually makes no sense from a logistical standpoint.
Anyway, here is LaVar talking to Lithuanian basketball reporter Donatas Urbonas:
I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers. But if that does not happen, I’m telling you the story what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring Gelo here to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year and I want let [to] every NBA team know that Lonzo is not going to resign (sic) with the Lakers but will go to any team that will take all of my three boys. That’s my plan.
Lonzo plays best when he is with his brother. Why wouldn’t—he is a hell of a shooter. They don’t play the same position. You see how successful he was when he was with his brother?
Is that a threat to the Lakers or just to the general public?
For the record, Lonzo — at least in the time period LaVar is mentioning — would not be free to sign with another team unless the Lakers gave him the boot. Also of note, his non-Lonzo sons aren’t “locks” to be NBA-level players.
Maybe he’s trying to speak it into reality?
Someone should tell him that this isn’t college hoops. While you can get away with trying to package family members at UCLA, that strategy isn’t going to work with an NBA franchise.