The Los Angeles Lakers have been ridden by the injury bug over the final week of the season with a few of their key players out of the mix. This has led to the team inking guard Andre Ingram for the final two games of the regular season.
Ingram had played in 47 games this season with the Lakers G-League affiliate, South Bay Lakers, where he is averaging 9.1 points on a league-best 47.5 percent from 3-point range along with 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. He is the G League’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (713) while holding career averages of 10.2 points on 46.4 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from beyond the arc with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 384 games
This move likely comes in response to the likelihood that forward Brandon Ingram (concussion) along with rookies Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Lonzo Ball (knee) out for the remainder of the season. With the playoffs out of the picture, there is no reason for the Lakers to have any of these players risk another injury in any fashion.
There is likely no opportunity for any of them to make a return with no chance to put in a practice beforehand. Head coach Luke Walton has typically put forth a protocol that players must practice first before being able to get back on the court. This opportunity went out of the window with the Lakers deciding not practice on Monday, which is the final off day in the regular season before the final set of games.
Los Angeles is set to finish the regular season out with a back-to-back set at Staples Center with the first coming against the Houston Rockets then a road tilt against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers roster now stands at 17 players under contract with two players under two-way deals in Alex Caruso and Gary Payton II.