The Los Angeles Lakers have been missing Anthony Davis for a month, and his absence is starting to show. They have fallen five games below .500 and are currently 13th in the Western Conference. Given their limited depth and other injuries they are currently dealing with, the Lakers need Davis to get back on the floor as quickly as possible if they hope to secure a spot in the postseason.
Fortunately, the news about Davis and his recovery continues to be positive. Davis continues to make painless progress on his right foot and there is optimism for a return to the roster as early as the end of next week. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Davis has stepped up lately, and the Lakers are hoping to get him back at least before the All-Star break.
The All-Star break will begin on Thursday, February 16. A week earlier, there’s another key date on the NBA calendar: the February 9 trade deadline. In an ideal world, the Lakers would like to bring him back sooner so they can see what their entire healthy team looks like before deciding whether to make a deal or not. Even if Davis returns after this, he could help integrate the new players the Lakers would acquire if he returned before the All-Star break.
Davis played arguably the best basketball of his career before he got injured. He averaged 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, leading the Lakers 2–10 from the start in the play-in race. But after leading the Lakers for the first two months of the season, Davis suffered a stress foot injury. He also said that he was dealing with a bone spur, which may have existed since his college days in Kentucky.
All in all, the Lakers are likely to be cautious. If several missed games in February mean Davis’ health in April, the Lakers are likely to make that compromise. However, the news is still positive, so if he continues to recover as planned, don’t be surprised to see Davis in Lakers uniform sooner rather than later.