Detroit Pistons waive LiAngelo Ball, two others as they pare down roster

The Detroit Pistons have waived LiAngelo Ball, Anthony Lamb and former two-way forward Louis King as they look to finalize the roster ahead of their regular season opener

King, who signed a two-way deal with the franchise in 2019, averaged 15 points, 5.4 rebounds and three assists in 31 games with the Grand Rapids Drive last season. He appeared in 10 games with the Pistons, averaging two points in 6.2 minutes per contest. 

Ball and Lamb were both on training camp contracts. Lamb briefly appeared in the Pistons’ 99-91 preseason win against the Knicks on Sunday. 

Ball is the brother of two recent top-three NBA draft picks and the son of LaVar Ball. LiAngelo signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Pistons.

LiAngelo Ball, 22, spent part of last season with the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G League affiliate. He played just one game before the season ended due to the pandemic.

Ball’s older brother, Lonzo, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. His younger brother, LaMelo, was taken third overall in this year’s draft by the Charlotte Hornets. LaMelo Ball had a team-high 10 rebounds and four assists in the Hornets preseason opener against Toronto. The Raptors won, 111-100, on Saturday. 

LiAngelo’s professional career included a stint with his father’s Junior Basketball Association, an alternative to college basketball. He was that league’s All-Star Game co-MVP and the league finals MVP in 2019. But he suffered an ankle injury and needed surgery shortly thereafter.

The Pistons now have 17 players on the roster, with Saben Lee being the only two-way player on the roster. The Pistons have one two-way spot open and must make one more move to meet the 15-man roster requirement. Two-way contracts do not count as part of the NBA’s 15-man roster limit during the regular season.


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