Lakers’ Russell out at least 2 weeks
Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell will be out for at least two more weeks after getting a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore left knee Wednesday.
Russell has missed three of the Lakers’ last four games with soreness in his knee, but the second-year point guard had thought it wasn’t serious. He will be re-evaluated next week before the Lakers decide how long he will sit.
Russell only missed two games last season as a rookie. He’s second on the revitalized Lakers with 16.1 points per game, and he leads the team with 4.8 assists.
“Disappointing because we’ll definitely miss that but more as we continue to try to build something and now he’s not out there being part of that, he’s not learning and building the trust,” first-year coach Luke Walton said before his team fell to the Warriors 149-106 on Wednesday night.
Negotiations between the Rockets and F Donatas Motiejunas hit another impasse that leaves the restricted free agent with an uncertain future in Houston, ESPN.com reported. The Rockets pulled their most recent offer earlier in the week. Wednesday was the last day players could be signed this season and remain eligible to be dealt on the league’s annual trade-deadline day, which is Feb. 23.