Just when it seemed the Los Angeles Lakers were on track to get their roster back together over the next couple weeks, the injury bug strikes yet again. This time, it’s Luol Deng who will miss time, though it’s unclear how long he might be out beyond Tuesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
Several reporters noticed Deng sporting a sizable wrap on his hand, then news dropped shortly thereafter that he would be out tonight. Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Bresnahan had the news.
Luol Deng has a sprained right wrist and will not play tonight vs. Denver.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) January 18, 2017
Bresnahan did have this bit of a positive addition to Deng’s status, though:
Deng injured the wrist two days ago vs. Detroit. X-rays were negative and he is out indefinitely, according to the Lakers.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) January 18, 2017
Honest question: When was the last time the Lakers had their full roster to work with? It certainly feels like forever ago.
This latest injury is a bit disappointing given how thin the frontcourt already is and will be for at least another week, but also because Deng had been playing a bit better of late than he was to start the season.
So, one would imagine this means more time for Brandon Ingram, Nick Young and potentially Metta World Peace. But the good news as of right now is nothing is broken.