As ESPN reports, two of the Ball brothers have signed one-year deals with Lithuanian professional basketball team Prienu Vytautas. Scheduled to report to Vytautas in January 2018, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball are the second and third American basketball players to join the club in the last decade. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reports that the pair probably won’t see “major playing time” in the Lithuanian league, but could be taken to the Baltic League for developmental opportunities. Prienu Vytautas comes from a “small, non-English speaking” south Lithuanian village with a population of around 10,000, and currently sits at 4-1 in the Baltic League.
“Salaries for players at this level of competition usually don’t exceed $500 per month in the absolute best case,” tweets Givony. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the Ball brothers ended up playing for free. Certainly not the most glamorous league or part of the world to live in.”