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The Lakers signed rookie Brandon Ingram on Tuesday, bringing their total number of players under contract to 14. With Tarik Black expected to soon sign a two-year deal the sides agreed to in July, the Lakers appear to be nearly done with the nuts and bolts of completing their regular-season roster, which must be at no more than 15 players on opening night. OC Register
The No. 2 pick in June’s draft, Ingram remained unsigned while the Lakers tried to maximize flexibility in free agency to sign players. His rookie contract is expected to be worth about $23.8 million over four seasons, with Ingram set to make about $5.3 million this season. OC Register
The Trail Blazers announced today that center Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago. The injection, performed by Dr. Brian Cole, is intended to alleviate pain and improve function. Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks. InsideHoops
The Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn Nets’ D-League affiliate, have hired Ryan Gomes and Pat Rafferty as assistant coaches on the staff of head coach Ronald Nored. Gomes enters his first year on the sidelines after finishing up an eight-year NBA career. Originally selected with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, Gomes appeared in 482 games with Boston, Minnesota, L.A. Clippers and Oklahoma City, registering career averages of 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. InsideHoops
The Nets on Monday named Gianluca Pascucci as director of global scouting and BJ Johnson as coordinator of player evaluation. “We are thrilled to add Gianluca and BJ to our front office,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “Collectively, they bring valuable experiences that cross many platforms and their extensive knowledge of both the NBA and the global game will be tremendous assets to our scouting department. Both will be excellent additions to our culture and we are excited about welcoming them to Brooklyn.” InsideHoops
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