With the Los Angeles Lakers‘ playoff hopes nearly nonexistent at this juncture, the club has begun looking ahead and prepping for the future.
The Lakers already announced LeBron James‘ workload will be managed over their final 17 games and now another key player is also set to miss time. Forward Brandon Ingram will miss the remainder of the Lakers season with a right shoulder injury according to a press release.
Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who has missed two games due to a sore right shoulder, underwent further testing by the team’s medical staff yesterday which revealed a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his arm.
Ingram is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
As specified in the release, Ingram had missed the previous two games before he was re-evaluated. The results were not encouraging and the Lakers decided to shut down the third-year man for the rest of the season.
Though the Lakers underwhelmed significantly this season, there are a few positive takeaways from this disappointing campaign, Brandon Ingram’s play down the stretch being one of them. While his outside stroke remains a work in progress, Ingram displayed his playmaking ability again this year and proved he can get to the rack and finish with regularity.
However, it was also apparent that Ingram wasn’t the best complement to LeBron this season, resulting in trade speculation around the Duke product. Ultimately no deal was finalized and one would expect Ingram to remain an important part of LA’s future moving forward. Ingram will finish the season with per-game averages of 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3 assists.