KEY POINTS

  • LaMelo Ball played professional basketball in Australia and Lithuania before the NBA
  • He signed a deal with Puma reportedly worth $100 million
  • The Hornets drafted him 3rd overall

LaMelo Ball’s net worth is set to reach several notches higher after inking a $16 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets and a lucrative shoe deal with Puma.

Ball was drafted 3rd overall by the Hornets in the 2020 NBA Draft. He is the youngest among the Ball brothers who are playing for the NBA. Older brother Lonzo Ball is part of the New Orleans Pelicans roster while LiAngelo Ball has been signed to a 2-way deal by the Detroit Pistons. 

LaMelo Ball’s ascension to professional basketball came before the NBA. He played for team Prienai in the Lithuanian Basketball League and displayed incredible poise against opponents bigger and older than him. The former Chino Hills High School star has put the entire basketball world on notice after his highlights, including shooting at halfcourt line during games, went viral. Since then, expectations have only gone up for the 19-year-old.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball were offered an opportunity to play for Lithuania. Photo: Getty Images

The Chino Hills, California native only had $400,000 net worth in 2019, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. But that could soon change after inking his rookie deal worth $16 million in two years. In the 2020-2021 season, he is set to make $7.8 million while in the 2021-2022 season, he will receive the remaining $8.2 million, per Spotrac. Depending on his production, health and team goals achieved, the Hornets could offer a more lucrative option of up to $19 million by 2023.

Moreover, his fortunes have skyrocketed after signing a shoe deal with Puma. The contract is reportedly worth $100 million, according to Forbes. Ball joins other NBA stars Marvin Bagley, DeMarcus Cousins and Kyle Kuzma on the Puma roster. 

The Ball brothers, on the other hand, became the latest set of siblings who are playing in the NBA at the same time. The other families who have three brothers currently in the NBA are the Antetokounmpos and Holidays.

Lavar Ball has been stirring up the headlines to trumpet the achievements of his sons. Critics often make fun of him, but his goals of having all three sons play professional basketball is now a reality. Ever since the Ball family became popular, each brother has taken his own unique path to the NBA. LaMelo Ball skipped playing in college and instead played overseas. He suited up in Lithuania and also played in the National Basketball League in Australia. 

In Charlotte, he will join a team that has been rebuilding for quite some time. The Hornets added Hayward Gordon in the offseason but let go of Nicolas Batum.