The operation was necessary after a medical exam last week revealed deep venous thrombosis, which is caused by a blood clot, prompting the Lakers to shut down Ingram for the rest of the season. Surgeons removed the clot today, which should help facilitate blood flow.
“This couldn’t have been a better set of facts for a clot,” Ingram’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, told McMenamin.
Schwartz also explained that Ingram’s condition differs from other high-profile blood clot cases such as Chris Bosh and Mirza Teletovic. Ingram’s blood clots stemmed from the makeup of his body instead of his blood.
“It’s a night and day difference between a hematological issue, or a blood issue however you want to put it, and a structural issue,” Schwartz said. “This was not related to his blood producing something that would cause blood clots. This was purely structural.”
Ingram is projected to make a full recovery in three to four months, which would be in late June or July. The normal recovery from this type of operation involves taking blood thinners for a month or two, but not longer. Sources told McMenamin that Ingram could likely resume basketball activities in about eight weeks and should be fully healthy another month or two later.
The operation comes at a crucial time in Ingram’s career. He is eligible to receive a rookie scale extension from the Lakers this summer and has been rumored as part of trade proposals to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis. Ingram was putting up his best stats this season, averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and was scoring 27.8 PPG since the All-Star break.