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That’s according to NBA expert Nick Wright, who was speaking on Fox Sports’ First Things First.

Both Ingram and Ball have been ruled out for the rest of the season by the Lakers.

Ingram was found to have had a problem with his shoulder, while Ball has been out since January with an ankle injury.

LeBron James’ Lakers are all but out of playoff contention now with a record of 30-36, but Wright believes Ingram’s and Ball’s injuries pose a bigger problem for the franchise.

“The Ingram thing is a really big problem, it’s a scary injury, it’s deep vein thrombosis, it’s a blood clot essentially,” he said. 

“It’s in his arm a and shoulder area and they reportedly caught it early. Serena Williams had one, Chris Bosh had one and it ended his career.

“Let’s assume they can deal with it, he was playing the best basketball of his life.

“He was averaging 28 points per game since the All Star break.

“I said last week that one of the bright spots for the Lakers was the Anthony Davis trade, they had a more attractive package put together.

“They had a pick, a lottery pick and Ingram was looking much better but now there’s a question mark about whether he can be the centre piece of a trade with this health problem.

“He also can’t show you this level of production over 16 games, which is also bad news.”

Wright then spoke about how Ball, who was the Lakers’ best defensive player before his injury, won’t be given the chance to prove his worth to the New Orleans Pelicans in a potential trade deal.

“And for Lonzo, what if the Lakers defence suddenly went to being a top 12 defence when Lonzo came back – which makes him a more attractive trade piece,” he added.

“Instead they won’t see them both on the court for the rest of the season, this is way worse news than the five-game losing street.

“These two young players not playing again this year is a huge deal and problematic for the Lakers in the trade market.”

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