Lakers rookie Moritz Wagner to miss the rest of Summer League with knee injury
There will be zero sightings of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Moritz Wagner on the floor for the remainder of this year’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, the sweet-shooting rookie will miss the rest of the tournament with a knee contusion.
#Lakers rookie Moritz Wagner OUT for the rest of the Summer League with a knee contusion
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) July 11, 2018
While Wagner’s injury does not sound serious enough to cast any doubt on his availability in the 2018-19 season, the Lakers are simply making a wise move not to risk further aggravation of the former Michigan Wolverine’s knee issue.
Moritz Wagner hurt his knee during last Tuesday’s meeting with the New York Knicks, knocking him out of the game. It was also earlier reported by Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet that aside from the knee injury, Wagner also seemed to have sustained a minor ankle injury.
Update: Moe Wagner has a left knee strain and left ankle sprain, and will not return tonight. LAL lead 75-52 behind a big run to start the 3rd Q.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 11, 2018
Wagner was selected by the Lakers as the 25th pick overall in last month’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn with the team eyeing to use his size and ability to stretch the floor to add dynamism to Los Angeles’ offense.
In three years in Ann Arbor, Wagner produced a solid stat line of 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to go with an excellent 54.7 percent shooting from the floor and 38.5 percent shooting from distance. He tremendously boosted his NBA stock in his last season in Michigan, leading the Wolverines to a title game appearance in the NCAA Tournament, though, coming up short of their goal to win it all when they succumbed to the Villanova Wildcats in the championship game.
He is fourth on the Lakers’ Summer League team in scoring with 10.3 points per game.