Their diagnosis of a deep vein thrombosis in his right arm runs Ingram the risk of blood clotting, or perhaps even worse if the ailment isn't handled with care.
Ingram made his National Basketball Association debut in the final two games for Los Angeles last season, averaging 12.0 points (.471 FG%,.556 3P%), 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. Regardless, the thought of the Lakers trading perhaps the best player of all time a season after they landed him is unthinkable to most (if not Van Gundy).
Ingram had missed the past two games after Walton said he had difficulty raising his arm without pain.
Although the Lakers' brass is still holding out for Ingram to return sometime before the season comes to an end, the medical staff isn't exactly hedging their bets on that happening. The Lakers (30-36) have a month left to play in the regular season and sit seven games out of a playoff spot. After eight straight NBA Finals appearances, including three championships with the Heat and Cavaliers, James signed last summer with the Lakers for four years and approximately $154 million, but his inaugural Los Angeles campaign has taken some disastrous turns.
With Ball and Ingram now out and James on a minutes restriction, there is a lot of playing time available.
DeSean Jackson traded to Eagles
Jackson's two-year stint in Tampa Bay was forgettable, as he dealt with constant turmoil at the quarterback position. Kevin O'Donnell of Fox13 reports that releasing Jackson gives Tampa Bay an additional $10 million in cap space.
Chris Bosh famously had his career ended by blood clotting issues.
Luke Walton announces that Brandon Ingram is out for the rest of the season, but doesn't want to answer any questions about the topic.
Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers' second-leading scorer with 18.8 points per game, also is out this week with a sprained ankle. They're not going to make the playoffs.
Information from ESPN's Dave McMenamin was used in this report.