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LiAngelo Ball set to sign with Hornets, join team in Las Vegas for Summer League

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LiAngelo Ball is expected to sign a deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to Roderick Boone of Sports Illustrated’s Hornets site, All Hornets.  

The deal will allow Ball to play with the team during the Las Vegas Summer League. It will also reunite him with his brother LaMelo Ball who just capped off a great first season by winning Rookie of the Year.

Rumors of a Ball brothers reunion began to surface when LiAngelo appeared on Devonte’ Graham's Instagram. Graham was working out with multiple Hornets teammates including LaMelo, PJ Washington, and the Martin twins. He was filming all his teammates when he panned the camera to show LiAngelo there as well.




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I avoided this subject and was in the wait and see mode.. but when he showed up on Graham's IG feed - I started giving it some thought..

now that it seems he will be on the preseason roster (and eventual reg season roster) - I started looking to see if he can be an actual contributor.. can he be better than a Martin twin? maybe.. i don't know.. but I tend to come at this topic with the expectation that Gelo will not be a big-time contributor and at best = a microwave off the bench (the Monk role)..

with that said, I look a Giannis and his brother Thanasis getting a contract on the Bucks - but really providing nothing other than 6 fouls..
So if giving a few $$ to a star's family member keep the star in your small market team - then that's something you gotta do.. but Thanasis seems to accept his role as end of the bench guy - I hope Gelo would accept that if things don't pan out and he has to take a backseat to his younger bro.. 

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Summer league kicks off tomorrow, we play the Blazers at 6:00PM on NBATV (I think the game can also be streamed from the ESPN app).

JT Thor has officially joined the roster since the Plumlee trade became official.

Full Roster

Guards - James Bouknight, Grant Riller, Scottie Lewis, D.J. Carton, Kenny Williams, Joel Berry

Forwards - JT Thor, LiAngelo Ball, Arnoldas Kulboka, Xavier Sneed, Denzel Mahoney, Cameron McGriff,

Centers - Vernon Carey, Kai Jones, Nick Richards

Joel Berry replaces Nate Darling who will not compete due to an injury.

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The Blazers are treating the summer league like the NBA Playoffs, their roster is below:

Guards - Emmanuel Mudiay, Antonio Blakeney, Kobi Simmons, Jordan Crawford, CJ Elleby, Milton Doyle

Forwards - Nassir Little, Michael Beasley, Greg Brown, George King, Erik McCree, Mark Vital, Trendon Watford

Centers - Kenneth Faried, Kaleb Wesson

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