Anthony Davis and the Lakers won their first game on Sunday night

The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled yet again this season, currently sitting at just 20-25 on the year. Much of this is due to the absence of star forward Anthony Davis, who has been out for over a month due to a right foot injury. A significant update has emerged on Davis on Friday that could greatly help the Lakers moving forward.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Davis has continued to make progress in his rehab process on his right foot, and there is “optimism of a return” as soon as the end of next week.

The eight-time All-Star has been terrific when he has been on the court this year, averaging 27.4 points per game along with a career-high 12.1 rebounds per game.

Unfortunately, his issue has always been staying on the court, failing to play over 40 games in a season in each of the last three years in Los Angeles.

The NBA world is certainly excited to hear that he is set to return soon, and hope that this time he can stay on the court for a sustained period.

“He’s pain-free, put him in coach,” tweeted Fred Robledo of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

“This is great news for the Lakers, who have slipped to 13th in the West,” tweeted Melissa Rohlin of Fox Sports.

As we push closer to the NBA trade deadline in February, the next few weeks of action for the Lakers could determine if they are buyers or sellers in the trade market.

They certainly have options that would be intriguing for other teams at the deadline, but the return of Anthony Davis could provide a much-needed spark for the Lakers that could significantly improve their play.

[Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.