Gal­li­nari in­jures right thumb

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - staff and wire re­ports

Danilo Gal­li­nari, the Clip­pers’ big­gest ac­qui­si­tion over the sum­mer, sus­tained a mi­nor in­jury to his right thumb Sun­day af­ter throw­ing a punch at an op­po­nent while play­ing for Italy in an ex­hi­bi­tion against the Nether­lands on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to a team of­fi­cial who was not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter.

The of­fi­cial said Gal­li­nari is ex­pected to be out three to four weeks, but that the Clip­pers will know more in a cou­ple of days once team physi­cians talk with the Ital­ian bas­ket­ball fed­er­a­tion’s med­i­cal staff.

The Clip­pers of­fi­cial said the team ex­pects Gal­li­nari, who will miss the up­com­ing EuroBas­ket tour­na­ment, to be ready for the start of train­ing camp. The Clip­pers will have their me­dia day Sept. 25 and will leave af­ter­wards for camp Honolulu.

A video showed Gal­li­nari throw­ing a punch and strik­ing Nether­lands power for­ward Jito Kok in the head. The two play­ers were lined up for a free throw when Kok ap­peared in the video to strike Gal­li­nari in the head with a fore­arm while try­ing to box out the Clip­pers’ small for­ward.

The Ital­ian fed­er­a­tion had an­nounced on Twit­ter that Gal­li­nari had frac­tured a bone in his hand, but that does not ap­pear to be case.

The Clip­pers ac­quired Gal­li­nari from the Den­ver Nuggets in a three-team sign-and-trade deal worth $63 mil­lion over three sea­sons.

The 6-foot-10 Gal­li­nari, 28, av­er­aged 18.2 points, 5.2 re­bounds and 2.1 as­sists last sea­son for the Nuggets. He made 38.8% of his three-point­ers. — Brod­er­ick Turner

Lak­ers sign Bryant

The Lak­ers signed rookie cen­ter Thomas Bryant af­ter his promis­ing per­for­mance for their Las Ve­gas sum­mer league team.

The Lak­ers ac­quired Bryant on draft night from the Utah Jazz, who chose him with the 42nd over­all pick.

The 6-foot-10 Bryant av­er­aged 12.6 points and 6.6 rein bounds last sea­son for the In­di­ana Hoosiers.

Kings hire Williams

The Sacra­mento Kings hired Bran­don Williams as their as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager.

Gen­eral man­ager Vlade Di­vac said that Williams brings the or­ga­ni­za­tion a deep knowl­edge of player de­vel­op­ment and bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions, along with le­gal skills.

Williams spent the past four sea­sons as an ex­ec­u­tive with the Philadel­phia 76ers, most re­cently serv­ing as vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion and gen­eral man­ager of the NBA G-League's Delaware 87ers.

Williams pre­vi­ously spent nine sea­sons in the league of­fice as di­rec­tor of NBA player de­vel­op­ment and as­so­ciate vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions.

He has a law de­gree from Rut­gers.

Matthew Stock­man Getty Im­ages

DANILO GAL­LI­NARI was hurt throw­ing a punch at an op­po­nent while play­ing for Italy.

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