Brandon Ingram is almost ready to get back on the court with his new team the New Orleans Pelicans.

Speaking on Tuesday during formal introductions following his trade from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans forward revealed he is "pretty close" to resuming basketball workouts.

Ingram continues to recover from surgery he underwent in March to address a blood clot in his right arm.

After being moved as part of a package deal for Anthony Davis, Ingram did not give a specific timeline for his return but confirmed he has worked on his shooting form while also participating in ball-handling and passing drills.

The injury was potentially career-threatening, as former Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was forced to retire with a similar condition. 

Ingram missed two games with a shoulder problem before being diagnosed with the blood clot and battled a variety of other ailments last season, including lingering ankle pain.

The 21-year-old averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 52 Lakers games last season.

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly landed Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.

According to ESPN, the Lakers have acquired All-Star center Davis from the Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round NBA draft picks – including this year's fourth selection.

The Pelicans endured a season filled with speculation around Davis' future after the big man requested a trade in January.

A reported possible deal with the Lakers was not agreed before the deadline.

New Orleans executive vice-president David Griffin said he was confident of keeping Davis after the Pelicans secured the first pick in the upcoming draft.

However, Davis – who had no intention of signing a new deal with the Pelicans – is set to team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles.

The Boston Celtics were also reportedly interested in Davis but could not strike a deal with the Pelicans.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Ingram is likely to miss the remainder of this campaign due to a deep venous thrombosis in his arm, but the Lakers revealed on that he had undergone successful surgery.

A potential return next term comes as good news for Los Angeles and the 21-year-old, with the injury seen as potentially career-threatening.


Ingram missed two games with a shoulder problem before being diagnosed and has battled a variety of ailments this season, including lingering ankle pain.

He has averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 52 games this year.

The Lakers have lost eight of their last 10 games and appear unlikely to make the postseason. A healthy Ingram could prove to be critical to their success in 2019-20.



LeBron James admitted Brandon Ingram's deep venous thrombosis diagnosis was a reminder not to take opportunities for granted after the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers lost again on Saturday.

James recorded a triple-double in 28 minutes on court, but the struggling Lakers were beaten for a fifth successive game, going down 120-107 to the Boston Celtics.

Ingram was missing after tests on a sore right shoulder revealed the severity of his injury, with the 21-year-old expected to sit out the remainder of the season.

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are also sidelined, while Lance Stephenson did not feature against the Celtics due to a sprained toe.

"Our league is all about wins and losses, but when you have something like that happen it puts things in perspective and you understand how important those things are," James told the media.

"On the flip side, you just don't take an opportunity for granted when you do get on the floor. Your season can be shut down like 'BI' [Ingram] and 'Zo [Ball]'."

 With so many key players missing, a young Lakers line-up failed to keep pace with the Celtics, who saw Kyrie Irving score 30 points as they won for a third straight game on the road.

Rookie center Moritz Wagner had 22 points for Los Angeles and Johnathan Williams contributed 18 off the bench, yet the latest defeat further damaged the team's slim hopes of making the playoffs.

"Every day is another opportunity to learn and experience things," a philosophical James said when asked about the Lakers' youngsters.

"You have to be very patient - they haven't experienced a lot in this game, there are a lot of things that are new to them and they have to learn on the fly, but the best teacher in life is experience.

"For me to be able to use some of my experience to try to rub off on them. Hopefully, it is rubbing off on them about playing the game the right way and never taking it for granted, giving it everything you got on the floor.

"It's challenging, but I kind of knew what I was getting into. I didn't expect to be out for five and a half weeks during a crucial point in our season, and we also didn't expect the other brain of our team, Rajon Rondo, to also be out for another five and a half weeks - we both got hurt at the same time.

"I think it just took a hit on our team at that point in time, which was a critical point going into the new year." 

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be without Brandon Ingram for the rest of the season as the forward is suffering from deep venous thrombosis in his right arm.

Ingram missed two games due to a sore right shoulder and underwent further testing on Friday, which revealed the seriousness of his injury.

The 21-year-old has been hampered by other injuries this season, including a sprained ankle in early December.

Ingram has averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 52 games in the current campaign.

Ingram, selected with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by Los Angeles, was shooting 49.7 per cent from the field, including 33.0 per cent from three-point range.



The injury-hit Los Angeles Lakers are likely to be without Kyle Kuzma when they face the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, but Brandon Ingram is set to return.

Kuzma damaged his ankle in a 113-105 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Monday.

The forward's X-ray came back as negative, but head coach Luke Walton does not expect him to be fit for the Nuggets clash.

There was more positive news on Ingram, who is in line to make his comeback from a shoulder injury as the struggling Lakers attempt to snap a three-match losing streak which has rocked their bid to make the playoffs.

Lance Stephenson (toe), Tyson Chandler (neck) and Lonzo Ball (ankle) have been sidelined along with Ingram, and Walton says injuries have taken a toll.

He said: "The injuries are catching up a bit. I thought the mindset we asked for with the way we want to compete was there tonight [against the Clippers], but between being down the type of bodies that we've been down, I think it felt like that in the second half we missed a lot of those wide-open shots.

"That just kind of deflated some of the energy out of us and then in the third quarter they put up 30 points on us. It felt like we'd come to fight back, then we'd miss a couple of open shots and that was how the game was going.

"But that's a good team in the top eight places for a reason. They made plays down the stretch and you've got to give them credit."

Walton said of the Lakers' play-off hopes: "We are still not mathematically out of it, I know it's a long shot but we are going to come in and work."

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram appeared to shrug off the chants he heard on Tuesday. 

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram discussed his mindset amid rumours he could be traded as part of a deal for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

The Lakers have basically offered everyone but LeBron James in a trade proposal for Davis, according to multiple reports.

Ingram has been mentioned in those rumours and he addressed his mindset when it comes to dealing with trade talks during the season.

"Everybody has different situations of opportunity and doing what they can do on the basketball floor," he told reporters after the Lakers' loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, via the Los Angeles Times. "This is up to the players.

"It's up to the players whether they can handle it mentally and come in mentally and physically and just handle whatever organisation they can be at."

Davis' agent Rich Paul told ESPN on Monday he was not going to sign an extension with the Pelicans and would prefer to be traded.

After this report came out, another surfaced that the rumours were "weighing heavily" on the Lakers' young players.

Since Davis asked for a trade, Ingram has played in three games. He has averaged 25 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in those games.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Pelicans are planning to make a counter-offer to the Lakers after LA's first reportedly included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo and a first-round pick.

New Orleans are expected to ask for two first-round picks and for the Lakers to take on a Pelicans player beyond Davis. They reportedly thought LA's first proposal was a "lowball offer".

LeBron James is unlikely to return for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, but Rajon Rondo could be back to help Luke Walton's depleted side.

Superstar James has missed 14 games since straining his left groin on December 25, with the Lakers going 5-9 since he and Rondo were injured.

Head coach Walton says James is making progress but does not foresee him taking to the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I haven't seen him do contact yet, so I don't feel as confident," Walton said after Monday's 130-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors. 

"But I know you know how serious he is about his rehab. So he's doing everything possible and we've talked. 

"I know he's dying to get back on the basketball court, but he also knows that getting healthy is the top priority. 

"So whenever that day comes, he'll be back out there."

Rondo has also missed 14 games since having surgery to repair a ligament in his right ring finger

"I think Rondo will play Thursday as long as he continues to move with no setbacks until then, but that will be something that we'll keep pushing him and we'll re-evaluate each morning," Walton added.

With Lonzo Ball also out for four to six weeks with a sprained ankle, Brandon Ingram started at point guard and had three assists but also two turnovers against the Warriors.

Speaking after the game, Ingram said he was was eager to see Rondo's impact - beyond his 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in only 14 of the Lakers' 48 games this season.

"It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor," Ingram said of Rondo. "It puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better."

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton hailed Brandon Ingram for producing "the complete game" in Sunday's victory over the Sacramento Kings.

In the continuing absence of LeBron James, who missed his third straight game with a groin strain, the Lakers overturned a deficit in the closing minutes to prevail 121-114.

Ingram played a key role in his team's late comeback and finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

"He seemed to have a joy about him. When he has that, it's a lot of fun to watch," said Walton of Ingram. "That's where we've got to get to.

"I thought he showed the complete game."

When Walton's comments about Ingram's joy were put to the 21-year-old, he replied: "It's the best way to play."

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (26 points) and Josh Hart (22) were also hailed by Walton, who was thrilled by the efforts of the younger members of the Lakers team with the likes of James, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley all unavailable.

"They're competitors. We already knew that about them, though," the coach added.

"We know that they compete and they play hard, but they showed a lot of guts. That's a good team [the Kings]; they were hitting shots and built up a lead and as a group we fought back and found a way to win, so they showed a lot of guts."

The Sacramento Kings reigned supreme with a 117-116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to Bogdan Bogdanovic's buzzer-beater.

In the Lakers' first game without LeBron James – who is sidelined with a groin injury – Bogdanovic stepped up for the Kings and drilled a three-pointer as time expired to seal Thursday's NBA win.

Bogdanovic came off the bench to lead all Kings players with 23 points.

Kyle Kuzma tried to fill James' shoes, logging 33 points with four assists and nine rebounds, while Lonzo Ball was just short of a triple-double following 20 points,12 assists and nine rebounds. 


Harden lifts Rockets

James Harden is the reigning league MVP, and he is making his case for a second campaign. The NBA star scored 45 points, marking the sixth game in a row he has scored 35 points or more as the Houston Rockets topped the Boston Celtics 127-113. Harden also made nine three-pointers, which tied his career-high.

Ben Simmons posted his fifth triple-double of the season in the Philadelphia 76ers' 114-97 victory at the Utah Jazz. The Australian finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.


Thompson headlines Warriors' woes

Klay Thompson's slump continued as the Golden State Warriors fell to the Trail Portland Blazers 110-109 in overtime. Thompson scored just 15 points off six of 19 field goal attempts, went two-for-nine beyond the arc and went one-for-four in free throws.


Age just a number for Korver

Jazz veteran Kyle Korver may be 37, but he can still shoot threes like he did in his younger years. Korver sank this beauty right before the shot clock ran out at the end of the first quarter.


Thursday's results

Houston Rockets 127-113 Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 New York Knicks
Sacramento Kings 117-116 Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers 110-109 Golden State Warriors (OT)
Philadelphia 76ers 114-97 Utah Jazz


Nuggets at Spurs

The Denver Nuggets will travel to the San Antonio Spurs for the two team's first matchup of the season. The surging Spurs have won seven of their last 10 games, while the Nuggets are half a game behind the Warriors in the Western Conference. Denver will be looking to shake off a tough loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, which saw Nikola Jokic ejected, while the Spurs will try to bounce back from a loss against the Rockets. It will be a clash between two Western Conference teams that look poised for the postseason.

X-rays of Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram's left ankle were negative and he will have the sprain examined further on Thursday, coach Luke Walton said.

The Lakers announced Ingram would undergo an MRI late on Thursday. He did not travel with the team to San Antonio and will miss Friday's game.

Ingram left in the first quarter of Wednesday's 121-113 Lakers victory over the Spurs.

"He'll be evaluated [Thursday]," Walton said after the game, via the Los Angeles Times. "There is no timetable or anything like that yet. But they said he got it pretty good."

Ingram was on crutches after the game but, with the ankle wrapped in black tape, was able to walk a little without them, according to the Times.

Ingram suffered the injury when he came down on LaMarcus Aldridge's foot and turned his ankle.

After officials reviewed video of the play, Aldridge was called for a flagrant one for not giving Ingram a chance to land after his shot.

LeBron James described losing Ingram as "huge" – during Wednesday's game and for however long he might be sidelined.

"Obviously, we've had a pretty dang-gone good rotation of guys knowing who's going to play and where they're going to play, and the lineups out there," James said. "For our starting two guard to go down in the first couple minutes of the game, it just derailed our offense, taking one of our best ballhandlers and midrange scorers out of the game. Unfortunately, he's probably going to be out for a little while [so] we have to have guys step up. That's the nature of the game."

Ingram, 21, had five points on two-of-two shooting with a blocked shot before leaving the game but is averaging 15.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has called the suspensions handed down by the NBA after the scuffle in the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets game "garbage".

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram thought his suspension for an altercation with the Houston Rockets might have been worse. 

Los Angeles Lakers pair Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, and Houston Rockets star Chris Paul have been suspended for their roles in Saturday's fight.

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