Minor knee sprain leaves Lonzo Ball questionable vs. Grizzlies

Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball is questionable for Monday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies after an MRI on his knee came back clean on Sunday.

After waking up with a sore left knee the morning after Saturday's win in Dallas, Ball underwent an MRI exam.

The team plans to sign to a two-way contract in addition to calling up rookie Alex Caruso from the team's G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, to help at point guard.

Payton II appeared in 12 games (six starts) for the Milwaukee Bucks this season while averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.8 minutes.

In the meantime, Payton can provide nice depth behind Tyler Ennis at the point until Ball is healthy enough to return. He has gone 40-83 with the team entering play Saturday, including a 14-27 record in 2017-18 that is the third-worst in the Western Conference.

The team recently released Vander Blue from his two-way contract to open the roster spot Payton now occupies.

With the signing announced on Monday, one would expect that Payton will be available to assist the team in Memphis.

Windhorst also said the Lakers "do not support" Walton as head coach.


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