LeBron’s status for opener up in the air
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.
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).
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.