Anthony Davis ‘cleared to advance his on court work;’ no return timeline


Anthony Davis is improving and can do more work on the court as he works to recover from Achilles tendinosis and a calf strain.

There still is no timeline for Davis to return.

The Lakers — who are also without LeBron James indefinitely due to a high ankle sprain — updated Davis’ status to the media Friday:

Davis has been seen doing some solo on-court workouts pregame in recent weeks. However, before the Lakers’ game Friday, coach Frank Vogel said Davis was still a ways away from playing.

The Lakers have gone 7-10 with Davis out, but 0-4 since LeBron joined him in the training room.

Davis has averaged 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds a game this season and was named to the All-Star team, but could not play in the game. The Lakers have been 6.7 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court this season (although a lot of those minutes are with LeBron).

The Lakers, 28-17, have slipped to fourth in the West and could fall further with Davis and LeBron sidelined. Seeding, however, may matter less to the defending champions than any other team — if LeBron and Davis are healthy, the Lakers will set the bar in the West, and for the Larry O’Brien trophy.