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Sport LaVar Ball: Lonzo would sign shoe deal 'if the price is right'

03:30  16 july  2017
03:30  16 july  2017 Source:   yardbarker.com

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LaVar Ball told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell on Saturday that his son Lonzo could still sign with a major shoe brand after wearing Nikes and Adidas during Las Vegas Summer League play. The Ball family patriarch added that Lonzo would ink a deal " if the price is right ."

Jul 13, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) moves between Cleveland Cavaliers forward Casey Prather (10) and guard Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center.© Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Jul 13, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) moves between Cleveland Cavaliers forward Casey Prather (10) and guard Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Lonzo Ball has donned Nike and Adidas brand shoes in recent summer league games with the Los Angeles Lakers, along with his own expensive ZO2 shoe.

And according to dear old dad, LaVar Ball, doing so was a “statement” to those companies.

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“It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind,” the patriarch said, via text to Darren Rovell of ESPN. “The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players.”

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Lonzo 's dad open to shoe deal if ' price is right '. LaVar Ball acknowledged his son Lonzo is wearing different shoe brands as both a temptation and invitation to the brands that passed on him.

LaVar Ball ’s opening bid to shoe companies some weeks ago was a marketing deal with all three sons worth billion. Lonzo Ball , right , shook hands with his father, LaVar , after U.C.L.A. beat Washington State in April.CreditMark J. Terrill/Associated Press.

Ball also said Lonzo Ball is open for business as far as endorsements go, with a caveat.

“If the price is right. Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way.”

It’s kind of a strange place the Balls are in right now.

They are actively promoting the Big Baller Brand. And in the past, it has seemed like they weren’t interested in signing with a major label like Nike or Adidas. But now, it’s clear they’re very much open to signing an endorsement deal, if they get an offer they feel is worthy of the Ball name.

So far, Lonzo has done nothing but impress since a poor first game. He’s had two triple-doubles in the NBA’s Summer League, which is a first.

Clearly, the young man is very talented, and Lakers president Jeanie Buss recently said the team’s future is bright with him and the other young talent they’ve assembled.

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And according to dear old dad, LaVar Ball , doing so was a “statement” to those companies. Ball also said Lonzo Ball is open for business as far as endorsements go, with a caveat. “ If the price is right . Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way.”

LaVar Ball acknowledged his son Lonzo is wearing different shoe brands as both a temptation and invitation to the brands that passed on him. Asked whether there is still a chance for a big shoe brand to sign his son, LaVar responded: “ If the price is right .

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Now, No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz has those same qualities. To a degree, he's an even better scorer and shooter than Ball, and he's probably a more skilled pick-and-roll ball-handler.The difference between the two top picks comes on the defensive end of the floor. Both have the physical tools to become phenomenal defenders at the point guard position. They're tall, long, and move exceptionally well from side-to-side.One player is actually engaged on defense, however, while the other looks completely disinterested. Can you guess which is which?Here's a hint — the lackadaisical defender's team went 9-22 during the 2016-17 college basketball season and spent the NCAA Tournament watching the games from the couch.Fultz showed up when Washington played UCLA, outperforming Ball in that one game. But one game doesn't make an NBA career, and the fact that Fultz only wanted to get up for the biggest competition is a glaring mark against the first pick. NBA Draft grades for all 30 teams, from the Lakers (A+) to the Bulls (F-)

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