Lakers Insider Reveals When Anthony Davis Will Return From Stress Injury

The Los Angeles Lakers are without Anthony Davis since December 16 due to stress injury in the right foot and fans still speculate about the timetable for his return. Dave McMenamin of ESPN has a theory, suggesting that AD may return into game action next week.

“Anthony Davis is, as we speak right now, potentially a week away from returning,” McMenamin said on January 19 on an “That’s OD” episode. “He’s going to continue the ramp-up process, go through a couple full-fledge practices full court and it’ll be all about how his body responds the next day. But if he has everything continue to go the right way, he will be back playing for the Lakers next week at Arena and be with them for that entire road trip.”

Anthony Davis to return from his injury on time

The Lakers big man missed about half of the games this regular season. The team is 20-25 at this point of the regular season and they really need AD back in the game. Davis is averaging 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game while going 59.4% from the field, 29.0% from beyond the arc, and 82.6% from the free-throw line. The Lakers are 11-14 in Davis’ absence.

Davis is prone to injuries and missed a lot of games in the last few seasons. He played 25 games so far in the season, 36 games in the 2020-21 season, and 40 games in the 2021-22 NBA season. The Lakers offered him a five-year deal in December 2020. AD can leave the team in 2024 and it ends in 2025.

Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that AD could return to the floor right before the All-Star weekend.

“Lakers star Anthony Davis is aiming to return to the lineup by early February, within a handful of games before the All-Star break, league sources say. Davis has been sidelined since Dec. 16 due to a stress reaction and bone spur injury in his right foot,” Charania reported. “Davis had played like an MVP candidate prior to the injury, with season averages of 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 blocks and a career-high 59.4 percent field goal shooting.”

The Lakers have to find a solution to their current issues. LeBron James advised the team to trade future first-round picks and get players who can help them win more games. It seems like the front office won’t follow his advice after all.