Lakers Rumors: Anthony Davis eyes return; could LeBron James miss time?

Anthony Davis (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
Anthony Davis (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images) /

As Anthony Davis eyes a return to the Los Angeles Lakers, there’s a growing sense that LeBron James could miss time due to an injury.

After another devastating loss, this time at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans, there are really two ways to look at the Los Angeles Lakers and their remaining handful of games. That’s with a glass half full or half empty point of view.

Either way, neither seems quite encouraging for their playoff chances.

Nevertheless, according to a recent report, it appears that Anthony Davis is closing in on a potential return to the floor. Word is that he’s aiming for the first week of April to make his return. That would give him a few games with the team before (hopefully) they have an opportunity to play their way into the playoffs via the Play-In Tournament.

That should be considered good news until you get to the fact that in the midst of another gut-wrenching loss, LeBron James injured his ankle. And after the game, he wasn’t too optimistic about his injury.

With just eight regular-season games remaining, the Lakers are clinging to the 10th seed in the Western Conference standings and just have a one-game lead over the 11th-seeded San Antonio Spurs.

The expectation is that the Lakers should still be able to outplay the Spurs over the course of the final couple of weeks in the regular season, but all of a sudden there’s a very real chance that the Lakers could miss the Play-In Tournament entirely.

Considering the names on this roster, that’s actually quite amazing. And if LeBron misses any time, even a few games, it could be the difference in the season.

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From the onset, this Lakers team has never seemed right. There are likely big changes coming in the offseason but it’s a shame that LeBron will have had essentially two lost seasons in Los Angeles thus far.