Update: GM Mitch Kupchak has confirmed Gelo will get his chance with a 4 day tryout.
Mitch Kupchak confirms that LiAngelo Ball will receive an invite to a four day training camp prior to Summer League. If Gelo plays well, he’ll make the Summer League roster.
LiAngelo has been working out with LaMelo at the Hornets facility.
— Michael Mulford (@TheMulf) July 26, 2021
In 2021, the Ball brothers are a household name in the basketball world. Dating back to Chino Hills High School in California, the Ball brothers have taken the world by storm with their unique basketball play. 2 of the 3 brothers, Zo and Melo, are already in the NBA and Melo may have one of his brothers on his team next season. Reports came out last month that the brothers will not all team up for this year’s Drew League because Gelo was going to be in Charlotte. Just weeks later and it looks like Michael Jordan is giving Gelo a shot this summer.
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) July 26, 2021
This weekend it was reported that the Charlotte Hornets are giving Gelo Ball an opportunity in the summer league. Gelo had his first real NBA shot in 2020 when the Detroit Pistons signed him, but let him after the preseason. Prior to Detroit he signed a G-league contract with the OKC Blue, but he did not play in the one game prior to the pandemic ending the season. Just before his pursuit of the NBA, Gelo played in Lithuania in the LKL for Vytautas, in which he averaged 12.6 ppg in his short time there marred by injuries and a sour relationship with the coach.
One basketball fan has pointed out that during his lone season in the LKL he had his best performance against a top-10 FIBA team, Kalgiris, a mutual opponent to future All star, Luka Doncic. To add context to whether or not Gelo has NBA potential he compared the two players(Gelo,19, and Luka,18) against the Kalgiris.
If the signing happens the basketball world will likely push for the Hornets to follow up by signing Lonzo Ball, whom is a Restricted Free Agent. If so watch out for what Lavar Ball has to say as he’s been manifesting his sons joining up in the NBA since 2016. Melo is already one of the most exciting young players to watch, adding Gelo and Lonzo would only make things more exciting for the young Charlotte Hornets.