Charlotte Hornets have recently made roster cuts, including the 23-year-old LiAngelo Ball.
With the 2022-23 NBA regular season quickly approaching, the Charlotte Hornets are now in the process of making roster cuts to reach the required 15 roster spots. Shams Charania of The Athletic recently reported that the Hornets are waiving LiAngelo Ball, who signed a training camp deal with the team during the offseason. LiAngelo appeared in three preseason games for the Hornets but wasn’t able to make much impact, as he only logged 4.7 minutes in those contests.
LiAngelo is one of the three Ball brothers forging a career in the NBA. The eldest of the bunch is Lonzo Ball, who is an all-around, defensive-minded guard playing for the Chicago Bulls. The youngest brother is LaMelo, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2021. LaMelo is coming off an impressive All-Star season, averaging a stellar stat line of 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in just his second year in the league. An ankle injury will force LaMelo to sit out the start of the regular season, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be again the Hornets’ main guy when he returns.
As for LiAngelo Ball, this is another unfortunate chapter in his book. He was not selected during the 2018 NBA Draft but has been trying his luck in the NBA G League since. The 6-foot-5 combo wing recently suited up for the Greensboro Swarm, the G League affiliate team of the Hornets. He then joined the Hornets to participate in the most recent NBA Summer League.
After this tough hurdle, it might be getting more and more difficult for LiAngelo Ball to crack a roster spot in the NBA. He does have the physique of an average NBA player, along with the knack for shooting the lights out from deep. But he should expand his skill set even more, especially on the defensive end of the floor.