LeBron’s sta­tus for opener up in the air

The Mercury News - - Sports -

LeBron James won’t play again this pre­sea­son, and there’s a chance he’ll miss Cleve­land’s hyped opener with Bos­ton.

James didn’t prac­tice Wed­nes­day, a day after he made his ex­hi­bi­tion de­but after be­ing slowed by a sprained left an­kle sus­tained Sept. 27. Cavs coach Ty­ronn Lue said the four­time MVP is sore and has been ruled out of Cleve­land’s fi­nal pre­sea­son game Fri­day night in Or­lando.

As for James’ sta­tus for Tues­day night’s game against the Celtics and for­mer Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irv­ing, Lue was non­com­mit­tal.

James did not speak to re­porters fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice.

He ag­gra­vated his an­kle Tues­day night against Chicago.

WIG­GINS SIGNS WITH MIN­NESOTA >> An­drew Wig­gins signed a five-year deal worth nearly $150 mil­lion with the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves with no player op­tion Wed­nes­day. Wig­gins av­er­aged 23.6 points in his third sea­son in the league and has ce­mented him­self as one of the build­ing blocks of an up-and-com­ing fran­chise along with Karl-An­thony Towns and Jimmy But­ler. Had he made it to re­stricted free agency next sum­mer, there was a very good chance an­other team would have sent a max of­fer sheet his way. The Tim­ber­wolves beat them to the punch.

Col­lege foot­ball

BRYANT TO PLAY FOR NO.

2 CLEM­SON >> Coach Dabo Swin­ney said in­jured quar­ter­back Kelly Bryant will be “ready to go” when the sec­ond-ranked Clem­son Tigers play Syra­cuse on Fri­day night. Bryant came out in the third quar­ter of last week’s 2814 vic­tory over Wake For­est be­cause of a left an­kle sprain. Bryant wore a walk­ing boot in postgame. But Swin­ney said Bryant had prac­ticed and was pre­pared to play when Clem­son (6-0, 4-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) play the Orange (3-3, 1-1).

Col­lege bas­ket­ball

LOUISVILLE HIRES FOR­MER STAN­FORD COACH JOHN­SON

>> Louisville men’s bas­ket­ball in­terim coach David Pad­gett has hired for­mer Stan­ford coach Trent John­son as an as­sis­tant. The move fills the va­cancy cre­ated when the school named Pad­gett to re­place Rick Pitino last month in the wake of a na­tional fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion of bribery in col­lege bas­ket­ball. John­son’s 36-year ca­reer in­cludes 17 as a head coach, most re­cently at TCU from 2012-16.

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