Per the report, James has begun on-court activity as he continues to recover from the injury. The Lakers have not yet put a timetable on the return of James to the lineup, but league sources told Charania and Buha that he is hopeful for a return to the lineup within the final three to four games of the regular season.
The Lakers are 11–6 since the trade deadline and 7–5 without James in the lineup. As Los Angeles continues to jockey for playoff position in the West, the Lakers sit in the 10th and final postseason spot with a 36–37 record on the season. If the year ended today, Los Angeles would be in the play-in tournament.
Since the Lakers are just a half-game clear of the Jazz and Pelicans for the final play-in spot, there is plenty of incentive for James to try to get himself back on the floor. The Lakers are a much better team with him in the lineup, and he has been outstanding this season at 38 years old.
James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season.