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Lakers’ Brandon Ingram will be re-evaluated in a week after MRI confirms sprained ankle

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Brandon Ingram for at least a week as he waits to be re-evaluated following a confirmed ankle sprain, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. Ganguli writes:

The Lakers just provided an update on Brandon Ingram after his MRI Thursday evening. It confirmed an ankle sprain and he will be re-evaluated in one week. They also said Michael Beasley has been excused from the team tonight to tend to his family health matter.

Brandon Ingram is having a decent season thus far. The Lakers were hoping this would be the year that Ingram transforms into the superstar they thought they were drafting with the second overall pick in 2016. That hasn’t transpired yet, but there’s still a lot of time to develop into that star.

Additionally, Ingram is playing alongside LeBron James for the first time in his career. That usually takes some time to get used to, but it’s almost always a good thing in the long run. LeBron can help mentor Ingram’s development into a star. Not to mention, James can make all of his teammates’ lives easier when he’s playing his best basketball.

The Lakers should feel no need to rush Ingram back before he’s 100 percent healthy. The Lakers are 15-10 and firmly entrenched in the crowded Western Conference. Michael Beasley could see some of Ingram’s minutes when he’s available, but the veteran forward will not be with the Lakers in Memphis as he deals with a family health matter.