ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy actually floated the idea over the weekend during Los Angeles' latest loss, its fifth straight, this one at home to Boston, 120-107.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Ingram, now 33, will join the team in Chicago for the first game of a five-game road trip. With an average yearly salary of just $35,000 and a travel schedule demanding dozens of cross-country flights, most players decide to go different routes after a few years.
James's contract does not include a no-trade clause, which by National Basketball Association rules can only be attained by players with at least four years of service with the team drawing up the deal, as well as with at least eight total years in the league. 8, Lakers head coach Luke Walton hinted to the media that Ball could be lost for the season due to an ankle injury he sustained in a loss to the Houston Rockets on January 19. Last year, Ball missed the final eight games of the regular season with a bone bruise in his left knee.
With the Lakers' season fading as they fall further out of playoff contention, the organization will play it safe with its young prospects.
"So like I said, he's not close to that", Walton reiterated.
Lopez could've thrived next to the pass-happy James, and while there may have been a stylistic preference in bringing in the more athletic JaVale McGee to man the middle, there was little reasoning behind giving the recently traded Michael Beasley $3.5 million when the Lakers had a trio of talented forwards but lacked depth at the center spot. Before the game, Walton was asked what would've been his reaction if he was told they would have the same record (30-36) as they did after 66 games last season. "All I'm going to say on him right now is that he's out for the rest of the season". The Lakers' deficit grew to 20 points early in the second before LeBron James began to spearhead a comeback win. But Ingram hasn't only survived the gauntlet-he's thrived in it. Ingram twice won the G-League Three-Point Contest in 2010 and 2016 and continues to drain threes nightly for the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers' current G-League affiliate.
"I would've assumed that we got hit with a lot of injuries".
Ball injured his ankle at Houston, and the initial timetable for his recovery given by the team was four to six weeks.