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LaVar Ball made a controversial decision when he decided to pull his youngest son LaMelo out of high school and have his middle son LiAngelo withdraw from UCLA, but the Ball patriarch apparently believes he knows a way he can make sure all three players end up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

While speaking with Lithuanian basketball reporter Donatas Urbonas this week, Ball basically said he is planning to force the Lakers to draft and/or sign both LiAngelo and LaMelo by using Lonzo as leverage.

LaVar’s plan might not be quite as easy to execute as he is making it sound. Lonzo is under team control with the Lakers through the 2021-2022 season. The Lakers have club options for him in 2019 and 2020, and they can make him an unrestricted free agent in 2021 by extending a qualifying offer. If LaVar intends to have Lonzo threaten to leave L.A. should the Lakers not sign the point guard’s brother, he can’t really threaten them with Lonzo’s departure until 2022.

It’s still too early to see if LaMelo will turn into an NBA prospect, but some NBA executives have already been critical of LiAngelo’s game.

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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Lonzo Ball
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2017 / LAL
Lonzo Ball
2016 / LAL
Brandon Ingram
2015 / LAL
D'Angelo Russell
2014 / MIL
Jabari Parker
2013 / ORL
Victor Oladipo
2012 / CHA
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2011 / MIN
Derrick Williams
2010 / PHI
Evan Turner
2009 / MEM
Hasheem Thabeet
2008 / MIA
Michael Beasley
2007 / SEA
Kevin Durant
2006 / CHI*
LaMarcus Aldridge
2005 / ATL
Marvin Williams
2004 / CHA
Emeka Okafor
2003 / DET
Darko Milicic
2002 / CHI
Jay Williams
2001 / LAC*
Tyson Chandler
2000 / VAN
Stromile Swift
1999 / VAN
Steve Francis
1998 / VAN
Mike Bibby
1997 / PHI*
Keith Van Horn
1996 / TOR
Marcus Camby
1995 / LAC*
Antonio McDyess
1994 / DAL
Jason Kidd
1993 / PHI
Shawn Bradley
1992 / CHA
Alonzo Mourning
1991 / NJ
Kenny Anderson
1990 / SEA
Gary Payton
1989 / LAC
Danny Ferry
1988 / IND
Rik Smits
1987 / PHX
Armon Gilliam
1986 / BOS
Len Bias
1985 / IND
Wayman Tisdale
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