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Xavier Henry may not be ready in time for Lakers training camp

Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers’ Xavier Henry celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Lakers won 116-103. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)


Xavier Henry was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers last season, and his explosive athleticism earned him a one-year deal to return to the club next season.

His campaign was cut short by injuries, however, and it appears as though he won’t yet have recovered completely by the time training camp begins.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper, Lakers coach Byron Scott said forward Xavier Henry “might be limited in training camp” because of a surgically repaired left wrist and right knee that have not fully healed.

“I haven’t seen him do much on the court,” Scott said. “It’s going to be close on if he’s ready for camp.”

The Lakers confirmed Henry has not fully recovered from his injuries, but they did not provide immediate details on his progress. Still, the Lakers expect that Henry will be healthy for the start of the 2013-14 season after missing 39 games last season because of the aforementioned overlapping left wrist and right knee injuries. Henry had surgery to treat both injuries in mid-April shortly before the Lakers’ 2013-14 season ended.

Henry has played four NBA seasons for three different teams, but last year with L.A. was his best. When getting a consistent opportunity to play, he averaged 10 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per contest, while appearing in 43 games for the Lakers last season.