LaMelo was a junior in high school but dropped out.

“That doesn’t matter where I’m going to play,” Stanton said Monday after he slipped on his No. 27 pinstriped jersey for the first time at his introductory news conference during the winter meetings. “I’m willing to play wherever I need that can fit the team, whether that’s rotating around right field with Aaron, DH. We haven’t spoken about that specifically, but we’re willing to find whatever works to make us the best.”

In the aftermath of Pittsburgh’s victory, Antonio Brown could be heard saying “karma” while JuJu Smith-Schuster was being interviewed about Vontaze Burfict. Brown also volunteered to pay any fine his teammate might face.

“The dream didn’t happen that we would go in together,” Trammell said. “This year, I’m going in with my other buddy, Jack. And I’m grateful and honored. But I’m hoping that someday there is some more talk and that [Whitaker’s enshrinement] does happen.”

The franchise is hoping the Ball brothers — and father LaVar — can be a publicity boon to the fledgling organization. There are already grave concerns among those familiar with both the teenage Americans and European team about whether the players can fit into Vytautas on any level.

LiAngelo and LaMelo are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after the basketball team suspended him indefinitely following a shoplifting incident on the Bruins’ tour of China. LaVar said he would have both LiAngelo and LaMelo bypass college basketball and planned to search out pro jobs overseas. eagles_082_e9173448ac0f59a8-180x180

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