LiAngelo Ball NBA dreams are closer to coming true. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday that the Charlotte Hornets signed Ball on a non-guaranteed contract, adding that Ball will play for the team’s G League daughter, Greensboro Swarm. Ball was about to enter the G League Draft, but signing him directly instead will allow the Hornets to acquire Ball’s rights.
Ball, the older brother of Hornets star LaMelo, impressed many with his work ethic and strong play in the Summer League. He averaged 9.6 points in just 17.4 minutes per game on a solid 34.5 percent clip from downtown.
The Hornets currently have 19 players in their roster, with the team having to reduce them to 15 players. That’s why it’s more realistic to see Ball on her G-League team for the time being.