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Thunder rookie Tre Mann considered day-to-day with ankle injury

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Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Tre Mann is considered to be day-to-day with a right ankle sprain, head coach Mark Daigneault said.

Mann initially suffered the injury on Wednesday in a win over the Houston Rockets. The injury appeared to happen on a non-contact play in the third quarter after hauling in a rebound and passing the ball up the court to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

He needed assistance walking off the court back to the locker room and would not return to play. Daigneault provided a positive update on the injury on Thursday.

He is a little sore today. He was ruled out to return to the game. The swelling in that ankle was not extreme so he presented pretty well this morning, all things considered where he was last night. I would call him day-to-day at this point.

Mann recorded seven points and two steals in 11 minutes of action prior to the injury. The appearance marked the 10th of the season for Mann, who has played sparingly with the Thunder, averaging just 5.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10.9 minutes.

With playing time, potentially, limited with the Thunder, the organization outlined a plan for Mann ahead of the season. He will spend portions of the season with the OKC Blue in the NBA G League, a plan designed to maximize his development, Daigneault said.

I think the Blue was part of the plan is that he would be reattached to the Blue here soon so if that happens, don’t be surprised. I’m not going to commit to a timeline on that but we have kind of a big-picture plan for him that is kinda independent of his outcomes there or here. We’re just on a one-track mind in terms of putting him in the best position to develop his holistic game.

The opportunity to play with the Blue will give him a great chance to work on his game and fine-tune aspects of his game before returning to the Thunder. The team will first take care of his ankle injury but it sounds as though Mann will be back in the G League soon.

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