Los Angeles Lakers forward Trevor Ariza to miss an extended period after undergoing an ankle procedure

The Los Angeles Lakers took a hit in the run-up to opening night, with veteran forward Trevor Ariza undergoing an ankle procedure.

The team announced the injury and stated the following.

“Trevor Ariza underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right ankle today. He is expected to make a full recovery. Team doctors will reevaluate Ariza in approximately 8 weeks and an update will be provided at that time.”

The eight-week re-evaluation date means that Ariza seems hesitant to see the floor this calendar year off to a far-from-ideal start for the 36-year-old.

Most of the projections had Ariza coming off the bench to start the season, and the veteran will likely fight Carmelo Anthony for rotational minutes behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Anthony should expect to be hit in minutes as a result of the injury. Despite hinting that Davis will play more minutes in all five this season, Frank Vogel can now choose to keep his big superstar in all four with the two-man center rotation of DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard filling the minutes in all five.

Joining the Lakers as a free agent in the offseason is Ariza’s second season with the franchise after wearing purple and gold in 2008 and the championship-winning season in 2009.

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