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Kyle Kuzma ruled out of the second game

Kyle Kuzma the USA basketball team mainstay has been ruled out of the exhibition game against Australia with a sore ankle. It remains to be seen whether he will be fit to play the last exhibition match against Canada before they fly to China for the FIBA World Cup 2019.

On Saturday morning he told the management that he will not be available to play the second warm-up due to ankle soreness. In the first game against Australia, he scored 12-points and that too from the 3-point range.

It’s still not clear that Kuzma will be fit and available for the third exhibition game against Canada at Sydney on Monday. Team management will have to wait and take the spot decision on his inclusion. If he also gets ruled out from World Cup it will be a huge setback for the USA basketball team.

Howard ties up with Lakers this season

After DeMarcus Cousins was injured Lakers were left helpless and now they have found a replacement for him and they have tied up with Howard. Reports suggest that Dwight Howard will have to sign a non-guaranteed contract with Lakers that if you didn’t do well you will be out of the team.

Memphis never intended to bring Howard to training camp, so the savings turn out to be a significant financial bonus for the franchise.

The Lakers will be Howard’s fifth team since he signed as a free agent in Atlanta in 2016. He has played with the Hawks, Charlotte and Washington — and been waived after trades to Brooklyn and Memphis without ever wearing a uniform. He played only nine games with Washington before back surgery ended his season.

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