Jarred Vanderbilt’s foot injury has the potential to play spoiler for your Los Angeles Lakers’ 2023-24 season, as his capability as a perimeter defender combined with his athleticism make for him being one of the most valuable players on the team.
While initial reports appeared concerning, he was ruled out for three-to-four weeks a few days ago, prior to general manager Rob Pelinka delivering this concerning remark, per Jovan Buha of The Athletic:
While surgery still doesn’t necessarily seem like the most plausible outcome, him saying that it is still on the table is fairly concerning given that a much shorter recovery timeline was already discussed.
If surgery remains an option, it’s possible that timeline is overly optimistic, incorrect, or not considering all factors, as a 3-4 week recovery would only really be possible for a minor injury like a sprain, as opposed to a more serious injury that would require surgery.
More confusingly, this comment was also made by Pelinka:
There’s next to no clarity on such a serious matter despite the injury being suffered a week ago, which is both unusual and concerning. We’ll see if there are more updates soon, but having a quiet trade deadline combined with this possibly season-ending injury could easily be a recipe for disaster.