Gabe Vincent’s tenure in LA hasn’t began as anticipated. The 2022 NBA finalist might miss greater than half the season. Vincent’s newest harm replace is regarding. After lacking 25 video games, the Lakers backup guard might be out one other six to eight weeks as a consequence of his left knee harm. Vincent has been engaged on this difficulty since October 30.
He returned Wednesday in opposition to the Chicago Bulls and performed 14 minutes. However Vincent missed the subsequent sport, on the second evening of the back-to-back, and tonight’s sport in opposition to the OKC Thunder. The staff’s harm report lists it as a left knee effusion.
NBA insider Shams Charania reported that Vincent is “strongly contemplating” surgical procedure on his knee. The process can take no less than six to eight weeks to heal. That is an enormous blow to the Lakers, who might have used some assist on the level guard place amid D’Angelo Russell’s struggles.
Gabe Vincent was additionally reportedly talked about as a key asset in a number of commerce alternatives, so the Lakers could not have the ability to get a deal executed to their liking, particularly if Vincent decides to have the surgical procedure executed.
The impression of Gabe Vincent’s harm on the LA Lakers lineup and depth chart
The LA Lakers have remained simply above .500 with Gabe Vincent lacking 24 of their 29 video games forward of tonight’s sport in opposition to the Thunder. In his absence, Cam Reddish has performed important minutes as a starter. In the meantime, Max Christie has had a share in Vincent’s minutes.
The Lakers appeared to have made a major change to their lineup that will proceed to assist them even with out Vincent. LeBron James strikes as much as the purpose guard place, whereas D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves each come off the bench.
Cam Reddish and Taurean Prince handle to retain their beginning positions. LeBron would be the solely level guard within the beginning lineup. Russell might play the position Vincent would have performed off the bench, whereas Reaves will doubtless be the sixth man.
LeBron transferring to the purpose opens up minutes within the frontcourt for Rui Hachimura and Christian Wooden. It additionally favors Max Christie to get time on the ground forward of Cam Reddish or Taurean Prince.