The Los Angeles Lakers need help in the worst way right now, as they hold a 2-10 record and are on a five-game losing streak after falling to the Sacramento Kings, 120-114, on Friday night.
Many have been clamoring for some sort of trade, and while there have been multiple rumors floating around, it is unlikely anything will happen on that front until at least later this month.
Until then, the best sort of help they can get is from within, in terms of getting healthy.
LeBron James missed Friday’s contest with a strained left adductor, and it is currently unknown how many games in total he will miss, although there is hope the injury isn’t serious at all.
Guard Dennis Schroder and center Thomas Bryant haven’t suited up in the regular season yet because of thumb injuries, but they could be less than a week from getting into game action.
Both Dennis Schröder and Thomas Bryant have progressed well from their respective thumb surgeries, and are set to be re-evaluated on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Presumably, if that evaluation went well, both could be cleared to play on Friday, Nov. 18 vs. Detroit.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 12, 2022
Schroder could help the Lakers by giving them another scorer, ball-handler and facilitator, not to mention someone who will bring effort in terms of guarding opposing ball-handlers.
Meanwhile, Bryant would represent a meaningful upgrade at the center position and allow the team to play bigger lineups than it has been employing.