Injuries are already in the running for the Los Angeles Lakers, and we are in the early stages of preparation. After missing the LA show game against Phoenix Suns on Sunday, the Lakers guarded Talen Horton-Tucker undergoing surgery to repair a torn leg in his right thumb, the club announced Tuesday. He will be re-examined in four weeks by the team doctors.
This comes after the statement that Lakers ahead Trevor Ariza will leave out months because of a proper ankle injury, further to Malik Monk who’s predicted to overlook approximately every week because of a hamstring injury. Suddenly the depth of the Lakers wing on the wing is declining dramatically.
Horton-Tucker’s absence as a key player in both lower leagues will be felt in the Lakers’ rotation. At what was previously expected to be a crowded stadium that was struggling to find minutes, it suddenly suddenly opened up with injuries to both Horton-Tucker and Monk.
Players like Kendrick Nunn, Kent Bazemore and Wayne Ellington are expected to fill some of those moments.
If Horton-Tucker and Monk’s injuries last longer than expected, Lakers may consider bringing someone as a stopgap until the players are healthy. Maybe that would lead to James Ennis joining the team.
After all, the 31-year-old striker has been vying for a place on the list. He’s a talented defender, and last season he shot 43 percent off deep with Orlando Magic.
It may be an easy solution at the moment, but even if the Lakers decide to sign someone or face list problems internally, it sounds like LA will enter this season underway, which will place a huge burden on LeBron James and Anthony Davis.