Rumor Central: Brook Lopez to make his Lakers debut soon?

New Lakers center Brook Lopez (back) is hoping to play in his first preseason game on Sunday. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Center Brook Lopez has been limited during training camp due to back spasms and will miss the Lakers' third preseason game on Wednesday. Lopez is hoping to make his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday against Sacramento.

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"I feel like I could go right now," Lopez told The Orange County Register. "It'll be great to finally get in a game and get my feet wet and learn on the fly with guys."

Lopez, acquired from Brooklyn as part of the trade sending D'Angelo Russell to the Nets, will not be cleared to play until he's fully fit, according to Lakers coach Luke Walton.

"As much as I want [Lopez] on the floor for the games," Walton said, "I don't want to rush him back at all."

Until Lopez is cleared to play in the preseason, Walton will start either Larry Nance Jr. or Ivica Zubac at center.

-- Nick Silva