NEW YORK – Los Angeles Lakers forward Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to be sidelined for several weeks due to a right foot injury, according to sources. The injury, which could potentially require a season-ending procedure, occurred during the Lakers’ recent win over the Boston Celtics.
Vanderbilt had previously missed the first 20 games of the season with a left heel injury but had been showing signs of improvement in his recent performances. In the past eight games, he averaged 10.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals, showcasing his impact on the court.
With Vanderbilt out, the Lakers will have to compensate for his absence, especially on the defensive end where he often matched up against the opposing team’s top offensive players. His absence will put pressure on the team, particularly with guard Gabe Vincent also sidelined due to injury recovery.
The 24-year-old Vanderbilt had signed a lucrative contract extension with the Lakers before the start of the season, indicating the team’s belief in his abilities. This injury comes as a setback for both Vanderbilt and the Lakers, who will have to find ways to cope with his absence in the coming weeks.
Vanderbilt’s health will be closely monitored in the coming days to determine the next steps in his recovery process. In the meantime, the Lakers will need to make adjustments to their lineup and defense to mitigate the impact of his absence on the team’s performance.