Gabe Vincent’s return could be around the corner

Guard Gabe Vincent was supposed to play a sizable role in the Los Angeles Lakers’ success this season when they signed him to a three-year, $33 million contract last summer. But he quickly developed a persistent knee issue, and he played just five games before undergoing a procedure to treat the problem.

Many Lakers fans have been pessimistic about the former Heat guard’s chances of returning this season, especially after another former Heat player, Kendrick Nunn, didn’t play at all for L.A. two seasons ago.

But Vincent has been slowly progressing in his rehab. In fact, if all continues to go well, he could actually get back on the court for game action at some point during the team’s six-game road trip. That trip begins Tuesday versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

Vincent’s ability to play tough defense, get loose balls, hit shots on occasion and even handle the ball at times could give the Lakers a boost. However, he would have very little time to get back up to speed, as the regular season ends in less than three weeks.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire