Over the last 24 hours, the Los Angeles Lakers have provided injury updates on both Lonzo Ball and Moe Wagner, ruling the latter out for the remainder of Las Vegas Summer League with a left knee contusion (Wagner also has a sprained ankle), while general manager Rob Pelinka said that Lonzo Ball should be ready for training camp.
Wagner injured his knee in the second quarter of the Lakers’ Tuesday night win over the New York Knicks, and an MRI confirmed the contusion on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Miles Simon revealed the initial diagnosis of the injury, and it seems the Lakers’ training staff didn’t see anything new when re-evaluating Wagner on Wednesday, which is good news long term even if in the short term it makes the Lakers last few games in Las Vegas less meaningful.
But while Wagner’s absence may hurt the Lakers’ summer league team, after just using a first-round pick on Wagner a month ago, the team is (wisely) exercising an abundance of caution.
As for Ball, Pelinka couldn’t give too specific of an update because of the way the NBA regulates the flow of injury information in the summer due to HIPAA laws, but he did say during his press conference on Lakers.com that he could say that Ball is “evaluating with his management team a number of things,” while also adding that all of those options would have Ball “100 percent available for training camp, based on the information we’re getting.”
Injuries are never a good thing, but at least they’re easier to deal with during the offseason, and it sounds like there isn’t much reason to be concerned that either Wagner or Ball’s issues should linger into training camp, where both will be fighting for roles on a now-contending Lakers team.
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