Officially, Ball is listed as questionable for Monday's game. In addition, the team announced that it had signed Gary Payton II, the son of former Seattle Supersonics and Lakers point guard Gary Payton, to a two-way contract.
Payton, in his second season out of Oregon State, played 18 games over the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring a career-high eight points on November 20. Look for Jordan Clarkson to potentially get the start, with Tyler Ennis playing more minutes off the bench with Ball out.
The team recently released Vander Blue from his two-way contract to open the roster spot Payton now occupies.
The Lakers (15-27) have won four straight games, rising to 12th in the Western Conference standings. Day game with a sprained ankle. Ball has averaged 11.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.6 steals in the five games he has played following the shoulder injury.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss tweeted a photo Saturday that also included a message of support for head coach Luke Walton.