Mike Trudell: Ingram (patellar tendinitis) is out tonight, but is feeling better, expected to practice tomorrow. Possible he’ll play on Saturday vs LAC.
Walton considered it “most likely” rookie Brandon Ingram will sit out against Minnesota considering he has yet to complete a full practice since missing the past two games with tendinitis in his right knee. On Wednesday, Ingram performed a series of stretches to extend his range of motion and took a few shots.
Mike Bresnahan: Will Brandon Ingram be shut down the rest of the season? No, Walton said: As soon as he moves without pain, "we'll get him back out there."
Mark Medina: Luke Walton says he needs Ingram to practice before returning. Not clear if he'll practice tomorrow in Minnesota
Serena Winters: Brandon Ingram (who was probable with patella tendinitis) is good to go for tonight vs. TWolves, Luke Walton says.
Brandon Ingram did not finish Thursday’s practice due to right patellar tendinitis. Ingram, who has scored double figures in nine straight games while averaging 15.2 points, will have his status for Friday’s game determined that day.
The Lakers obviously would have to stay healthy. They appeared to have avoided such a scare with Ingram, who missed the final 7:39 after rolling his left ankle. Ingram returned after having his ankle taped, but he still sat with the Lakers’ nursing a double-digit lead. Ingram walked afterward without limping, though his status for Sunday’s game in Minnesota remains uncertain. “I’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Ingram said. “But I feel great right now.”
Baxter Holmes: Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram (sore right knee) will play against the Thunder, says Lakers coach Luke Walton.
The Lakers diagnosed Brandon Ingram with tendinitis in his right knee, though an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Lakers listed Ingram as probable for today’s game against Oklahoma City. He completed a full-contact practice on Saturday without any restrictions. Ingram also provided a positive report on his ability to run up and down the court and make hard cuts. “I'll come back to shoot around and see how I feel after that," said Ingram, who played only four minutes in Friday’s game against Utah. "If I feel good to play, I’ll play."
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (knee soreness) practiced today. Luke Walton said he thinks Ingram can play tomorrow at OKC, but it depends how he feels. Walton will talk to the trainers and Ingram tomorrow to see how the knee feels after practicing today, then decide whether he’ll play.
Ingram, a 6-foot-9 former Duke standout, said he felt soreness in his knee early in the first half when he tried to run, though he later said his knee is "nothing really serious." The Lakers initially said Ingram was cleared to return, but he was re-evaluated at halftime and it was determined that he would sit for the rest of the game.
September 23, 2021 | 11:46 am EDT Update
Though it doesn’t look good right now, the Sixers continue to insist that their preferred outcome at this point is to bring Simmons back and try to work through this. Embiid has publicly stumped for Simmons and privately insisted they can turn this around if they simply get him back in the gym and around the team. Rivers does not believe this will be an issue in the locker room, using an example from his own playing days to show these situations can be rectified. “The San Antonio Spurs traded Sean Elliott,” Rivers said. “You remember that? Traded him to Detroit, he failed the physical, didn’t want to come back, came back and they won the championship the next year, so these things can happen.”
“That may be where he’s at today, that may not be where he’s at tomorrow. You just don’t know, and that’s why we got to keep communicating and see where we can take this,” Rivers said. “He has four years left on his contract, it’s in our hands…once we get him back in the fold, then we can get to work. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t have an expectation. Because I don’t know where we would go. That will happen if it happens, but right now Ben is still part of this team, and I’m gonna focus on that part of it.”
Yossi Gozlan: The Pelicans ended up operating over the cap after clearing a lot of money in their trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. While they couldn’t get an All-Star caliber player with their flexibility, they might have better fits on their team now that they have more shooting to surround Williamson. They could be primed for a significant in-season trade with many young players, draft picks and tradeable salaries in their arsenal. Satoransky and Josh Hart could be particularly expendable due to New Orleans’ glut of guards, with Hart being an intriguing name to keep an eye on due to his unique salary structure.
Yossi Gozlan: Robinson is currently eligible for an extension worth up to $55.6 million over four years. Since the Knicks exercised his team option for this season, he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. This could incentivize them to extend him before the end of the season. A two-year deal that aligns his contract with the rest of the core could make sense. The Knicks won’t be losing any cap space since they’re capped out until at least 2023. They also must decide whether or not to extend Kevin Knox before the start of the regular season.
Mitchell Robinson, Knicks (broken foot): New York’s starting center early last season is progressing fine, but he is not yet a full go as camp starts. The Knicks will be “conservative,” per a source, in bringing him back.
Ownership was made aware of Rosas’ transgressions with the staffer when team officials were provided with photographic evidence of their connection, sources said. It seems few if any in Minnesota and around the league had general knowledge of Rosas’ relationship until Wednesday, when the news quickly spread throughout the organization, and to rival team personnel, like wildfire. Rosas and the woman, each of whom is married, were seen kissing in a suite during a Minnesota United FC game last Saturday at Allianz Field, sources said. The soccer club was told to reserve luxury seating for several Timberwolves players and personnel, including assistant coach Pablo Prigioni. Two seats were filled by Rosas and the staffer.
Those pictures have been obtained by Bleacher Report. One photograph is a close-up shot, clearly showing Rosas and the woman sitting beside one another in light blue cushioned seats, behind the suite’s protective plexiglass. A second photograph follows, where the two have leaned towards one another for a romantic embrace. Minnesota’s statement announcing Rosas’ departure provided no further context behind its decision, and as word of his affair swirled around the league Wednesday, several executives noted how Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor did not thank Rosas for his time atop the team’s basketball department, as is customary in the business.
The revelation of Rosas’ relationship comes after a series of tense staffing dynamics within his front office, and a level of discontent from some Timberwolves staffers pertaining to Rosas’ leadership style, which has been described as isolationist. Any lead executive is privy to make final basketball decisions as they see fit, but several Minnesota figures told B/R they were dissatisfied by Rosas’ penchant for disregarding consultations from his front office.