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The loss to the Phoenix Suns isn't the only Lakers terrible news, a new low blow for Ham

By James Brown

Darvin Ham

The Lakers' injury crisis doesn't seem to stop anytime soon as another player will be out for at least a couple of weeks

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It seemed like it was about to be a breakout point for the LA Lakers rookie Colin Castleton with so many bigger guys out, head coach Darvin Ham recently hinted at the possibility of Castleton getting some rotation minutes.

This is obviously a tough break for Castleton considering he was in line to potentially receive his first legit NBA playing time. It’s unclear when the injury took place, although it likely was while he was playing or practicing with the South Bay Lakers.

The Lakers originally signed the center to a two-way contract as an undrafted free agent out of Florida and he has impressed so far in his Summer League and G League minutes, making him the only two-way player to stay in the team since the offseason, as players like D'Moi Hodge and Alex Fudge were waived early on.

Overall in 24 games with South Bay, Castleton has averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 57.1% from the field. Given where the season is at, if Castleton is not able to recover quickly then his rookie campaign could be over with. The team will certainly be cautious in bringing him back to ensure he is not at risk of further injury.

Christian Wood could be back sooner than expected as LA is short on bigs

The reason Castleton was potentially in line to get some minutes was because Christian Wood went down with knee effusion. The team announced that he would be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks, although reports indicate that there is optimism he won’t miss more time than that which is obviously great news for the Lakers.


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