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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is out against Indiana.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Charlotte Hornets would like engage the Knicks on trade discussions involving All-Star point guard Kemba Walker but New York and Charlotte haven't yet had substantive discussions about a trade involving Walker, per league sources. It seems unlikely at this point that the Knicks will want to meet Charlotte's desired return. Charlotte is hoping a Walker trade returns a good young player or a first-round pick, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks have first-round draft picks and a promising young player in Frank Ntilikina. But the other part of Charlotte's request is a holdup for the Knicks. Wojnarowski reports that Charlotte appears eager to shed one of its less desirable contracts. That would mean the Knicks would likely need to take on extra salary to acquire Walker, which was something New York was hesitant to do in trading Carmelo Anthony over the summer.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley and Reggie Bullock all active for the Pistons tonight against the Wizards.

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"Lonzo is exactly what we need." O'Shea Jackson Jr. talks Lakers with ESPNLA 710's Mason & Ireland.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly-signed Nigel Hayes was a huge Kobe Bryant fan and he recounted the time he met the Lakers legend while he was still playing at Wisconsin: "It actually helped me have a better appreciation for the role that I have as a leader... He actually was very simple. I said, ‘Kobe, I love you. I really do. I'm working hard to be half as good as you.' All he said was, ‘Keep working and you will.' Simple. But a lot of people skip over that working part. I just wanted to make sure I continue to do what I do. I got up extra shots here. Whatever you gotta do. It's the little things that people skip over that make the big difference."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Randle says he has spoken multiple times to Luke Walton about being the team's enforcer and bringing physicality, especially when the opponent is being physical and the Lakers need someone to push back. "He just says the effect it has on our team, so you kind of take that personal and run with it," Randle said. "It is part of a leadership position, it is good that guys kind of look after you, the energy and what you bring to the court and kind of follow that. It's cool."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton said Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is feeling much better and that the training staff is pleased with where the guard's strained Achilles tendon is heading. While Caldwell-Pope isn't playing on Friday, Walton admits the guard returning on Sunday against New York is a possibility. "But it's an Achilles, so we won't rush it," Walton cautioned. "If he's feeling good and ready to go Sunday, we'll play him, it's an early game. If not we'll wait until Tuesday."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says the team will want to ideally see Lonzo Ball go through a practice before the rookie point guard returns to action. Ball shot a few free throws in slides at the end of shootaround on Friday. The Lakers could practice on Friday before they play the Knicks on Sunday. The next practice time after that could be Monday before Tuesday's game against Boston. Following that, the Lakers have two days before playing at Chicago on Friday.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Randle jammed his right ring finger and suffered a mallet fracture against Oklahoma City. He will play against Indiana.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision. He did not go through shootaround. Kyle Kuzma (hand) will play.