Lakers' Moritz Wagner Diagnosed With Left Knee Contusion

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2018

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Moritz Wagner will miss the remainder of summer league action. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed his injury.

This development comes after Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet reported Wagner suffered a left knee and left ankle injury during Tuesday's contest against the New York Knicks, forcing him to miss the remainder of the game.

Wagner was selected by the Lakers as the 25 pick overall in last month's NBA Draft in Brooklyn with the team eyeing to use his size and ability to stretch the floor to add dynamism to Los Angeles' offense.

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Entering Tuesday's game, Wagner averaged 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in five summer league appearances. He tremendously boosted his National Basketball Association stock in his last season in MI, leading the Wolverines to a title game appearance in the NCAA Tournament, though, coming up short of their goal to win it all when they succumbed to the Villanova Wildcats in the championship game.

At his best, Wagner can serve as a versatile matchup problem as someone who can force opposing bigs outside of the paint with his shooting, score on the blocks and battle for boards. It is far more important he is ready to go during the regular season than in July.

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