LiAngelo Ball Rumors: Hornets 'Love' Forward amid Strong Summer League Performances

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 15, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 09:  LiAngelo Ball #8 of the Charlotte Hornets passes the ball up the court against the Sacramento Kings during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 9, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings defeated the Hornets 80-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Members of the Charlotte Hornets front office reportedly "love" LiAngelo Ball amid a strong performance for the team at the Las Vegas Summer League, per Jordan Schultz of ESPN.

"Great kid. Love him," assistant coach Jay Triano said of Ball, per Schultz. "He was at the facility practicing every day for two months to play in the Summer League. Shows a ton of character. He can shoot it, great feel, knack for scoring."

Ball is hoping to earn a roster spot in either the NBA or G League heading into the 2021-22 season.

The 22-year-old has fared well in summer league, averaging 10.5 points in four games. He scored 16 in his debut, showcasing his skill from the outside:

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The 6'5" forward has shot 41.7 percent from three-point range, adding 1.5 steals per game during his limited playing time. 

It was Ball's first extended significant action since going undrafted in 2018. Though he signed a G League contract with the Oklahoma City Blue in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the season before he ever got playing time. He also signed a training camp contract with the Detroit Pistons in early December 2020 but was waived just 11 days later.

Charlotte could sign him to play alongside younger brother LaMelo, who won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award last season. His older brother, Lonzo, joined the Chicago Bulls this offseason on a four-year, $85 million contract.

The Hornets already have solid depth at guard between LaMelo, Terry Rozier, Ish Smith and first-round pick James Bouknight, but the middle Ball brother might have done enough to become a part of the team's future plans.