Sources: Lakers' Davis could return next week

by Gordon Dixon - Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis continues to make pain-free progress with his right-foot injury and could return to the lineup as soon as late next week, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Sources: Lakers' Anthony Davis could return as early as next week 5:40 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis continues to make pain-free progress on his right foot and there's optimism of a return to the lineup as soon as late next week, sources told ESPN on Friday. The Lakers start a five-game trip on January 28 in Boston. Davis - who's been out with right foot stress injury since mid-December - has been ramping up his activity recently, and coach Darvin Ham said on Thursday that Davis is "progressing really, really, really well." Davis had been experiencing a career renaissance before the injury, averaging 27.4 points on a career-best 59.4 percent from the field, 12.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals. The Lakers are 20-25 on the season and currently two games out of 10th place in the West - the final play-in spot.