Per Darvin Ham, Gabe Vincent is cleared for non-contact work

Gabe Vincent was one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ most intriguing signings this past summer. The guard was a key member of the Miami Heat last season when they surprised people by reaching the NBA Finals, and he was expected to help the Lakers with his gritty defense.

However, he has played just five games due to a nagging knee problem that required surgery about two months ago.

His recovery has been slow, causing Lakers fans to expect him to miss the rest of the season. But he could be slowly nearing a return. He has reportedly been cleared for non-contact activity.

Although L.A. has won 17 of its last 26 games, it has lacked defensive pressure on the perimeter. If Vincent returns and remains healthy this season, he could supply that quality.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire