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Kyle Anderson couldn’t remember exactly when the pain in his right shoulder, and tingling in his hand, first began. He estimates it started maybe two or three years ago. Until recently, he was able to manage the pain. But this past season, it became too much to bear. His last game played during the 2018-19 campaign was on Jan. 30 against the Timberwolves. After that game, he finally decided to get to the bottom of what was causing his persistent soreness. The Grizzlies decided to shut down his season and figure out the cause of the pain that persisted in his shoulder for several seasons, and worsened as this past season progressed. It got to the point where it began to affect his comfort while shooting the basketball. He didn’t want it to affect the rest of his career. “I would say two or three years ago is when it started,” Anderson said. “But never as severely as this year, it never really stuck around. It would come on, go away, I would be able to manage it and it would go away. This year I wasn’t, so I felt it was serious this time.”
The Athletic spoke with two experts who specialize in thoracic outlet decompression surgery to understand what it is, what it is meant to treat and how it is performed. … Thoracic outlet decompression surgery is used to find whatever structure within the thoracic outlet is causing compression, and remove it. It can be a combination of a muscle or a rib, and during the surgery, the surgeon will remove part of the rib or release the muscle to take away the constriction. “The technical aspects of the surgery that makes it difficult is you’re around these structures that are really, really important blood vessels, nerves, in that important region,” Pandya said. “It’s making sure that those aren’t damaged. But if the surgery is successful in releasing the constriction and you’re positive or your very certain that that’s where the pain is coming from, patients do very well.” “Some people make the incision above the collar bone to get the rib free of the nerves,” Lum said. “Some people like to go into the armpits where the scar is less obvious. It doesn’t really matter. As long as you go to someone that does a lot of it, the results are pretty proven.”
Clay Bailey: Kyle Anderson said the shoulder has been an off and on problem for two or three years @dailymemphian
Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson is slated to have shoulder surgery next week, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. After missing the final 30 games of his first season with the franchise due to shoulder soreness, Anderson will undergo thoracic outlet decompression surgery, a procedure that will remove part of his top right rib, a small bone near the clavicle, in a process meant to remove pressure in that area, which controls muscle movement and feeling in the shoulder.
Omari Sanfoka II: Kyle Anderson, who has been out with shoulder soreness, will see another specialist next week. The Grizzlies have the results of his MRI, but no word on what it says. Bickerstaff said the team is exhausting every option to figure out what’s going on.
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff says forward Kyle Anderson, who has been sidelined past two weeks with shoulder issue, is scheduled for a follow-up with specialists this week to determine cause of lingering soreness.
David Cobb: Kyle Anderson is available to play for the Grizzlies tonight in case of emergencies. I.E. he’ll play if trades decimate the roster. Otherwise, I don’t think he will as word is that there are still some more tests he needs to undergo with nagging shoulder issue.
David Cobb: Mike Conley (knee soreness) and Kyle Anderson (shoulder soreness) are both out tonight for the Grizzlies, as is Omri Casspi. Garrett Temple is not expected to play, either.
David Cobb: Kyle Anderson is back in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies tonight vs. Denver after missing a couple weeks with an ankle sprain. Omri Casspi is still out.
Chip Crain: Anderson medical update pic.twitter.com/xIMmTawQgY
Omari Sanfoka II: Bickerstaff said Kyle Anderson will get an MRI tomorrow. Initial x-rays on his ankle came back negative.
Michael Wallace: Kyle Anderson has a left ankle sprain and will not return vs Heat.
Omari Sanfoka II: JaMychal Green joins Omri Casspi and Joakim Noah as “questionable” for tomorrow’s game against the Kings. Sore hamstring. Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson, who both played last night, are probable
David Cobb: Jevon Carter just went from “OUT” to available for tonight’s game against the Rockets following news that Kyle Anderson isn’t playing.
Omari Sanfoka II: Kyle Anderson is out tonight against the Rockets
Michael Gallagher: Kyle Anderson rolled his ankle. Limping off the floor and sitting on the bench.
Clay Bailey: Bickerstaff said @Kyle Anderson will be out vs. Hawks on Friday night dealing with a sore left heel. Everyone else is expected to be available.
Tom Orsborn: Parker and Leonard will sit out Wednesday night’s game at Portland due to their injury management programs, according to the #Spurs injury report. On the bright side for the club, Anderson (left MCL sprain) and Green (tightness, left groin) are probable.
Jeff McDonald: Also Pop says Kyle Anderson is coming along well with his knee sprain but won’t be available tonight or tomorrow.
Kyle Anderson (left MCL sprain), Pau Gasol (rest), Manu Ginobili (rest), Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) and Tony Parker (return from injury management) are out for Saturday’s game at Phoenix. Danny Green (tightness, left groin) is questionable.
Tom Orsborn: Leonard remains out, according to Spurs injury report for Wednesday vs. Miami. Gay (heel), Lauvergne (finger) are probable. Anderson (knee) also out for likely for next two weeks.
Tom Orsborn: With Anderson out “about two weeks” with knee sprain, Gay moves into starting lineup, per Pop. #Spurs
Adrian Wojnarowski: San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee, league sources tell ESPN.
Jabari Young: Kyle Anderson in the locker room. Walking on his on power. #Spurs
Jabari Young: Kyle Anderson said he’s sore right now. Scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow. #Spurs
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June 16, 2019 | 2:40 am EDT Update
Tim Bontemps: The Pelicans will get the following picks from the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN: No. 4 pick in 2019 Top-8 protected in 2021, becomes unprotected in ‘22 Unprotected swap in ‘23 Unprotected first in ‘24 Unprotected swap in ‘25 Tremendous haul for David Griffin & the Pelicans.
Tania Ganguli: A clarification on the haul of draft picks heading the Pelicans’ way. The 2021 pick goes to New Orleans if it’s in the top eight, if not they’ll get an unprotected first in 2022. Swap in 2023. Unprotected first in 2024, with a right to defer to 2025.
Said one source close to the negotiations, “The biggest difference this time was David Griffin. He wasn’t involved before. He could negotiate frankly and fairly.”
Some thought that the final iteration of the Lakers-Pelicans deal would be a three-team deal, involving New Orleans potentially forwarding along No. 4 to another team, or the Lakers spearheading things and forwarding it along to another team prior to the trade itself for a player the Pelicans valued more than the pick. Indeed, sources indicated that the Pelicans are said to have had communications with teams prior to this deal in order to gauge value on what the pick could be worth. The Pelicans think that with the pieces acquired here, in addition to Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday’s presence, they could be in the mix for a playoff spot this year despite dealing Davis for what is ostensibly a futures-based package. If they can make a move that allows them to remain flexible into the future while also getting someone that fits their longer term timeline, that would be attractive to them.