The Indiana Pacers, fighting for position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, could be without center Al Jefferson for the near future after he sprained his left ankle during Sunday night’s 107-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jefferson was in the midst of a strong performance, with 14 points and seven rebounds against the Sixers, when he rolled his ankle coming down on another player’s foot while grabbing a fourth-quarter rebound.
Jefferson initially appeared to be seriously hurt, writhing in pain on the floor before being taken from the court in a wheelchair. But Jefferson said after the game that X-rays were negative and it was just a sprain.
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.