MILWAUKEE -- The Los Angeles Lakers are considering shutting rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. down for the season’s final 24 games after his sore right knee flared up again Monday, causing him to sit out for the majority of his team’s 108-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Nance, the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft, played for 9 minutes, 34 seconds against the Bucks before being taken out for what he described as “precautionary” reasons regarding his knee.
However, Lakers coach Byron Scott said he and the team’s longtime trainer, Gary Vitti, have had discussions about sitting Nance out for the rest of the season to let his knee heal.
No decision has yet been made, Scott said, and for the moment Nance will receive treatment on his knee and be evaluated to play Wednesday against the Grizzlies in Memphis.
“We’ve talked about it, they’ve talked about it, but at the same time, at this point right now, it’s precautionary,” Nance said about being potentially shut down for the rest of the season.
Nance recently missed six straight games leading up to the All-Star break because of soreness in that same knee, but he said he will “absolutely not” need any surgery this offseason.
Nance tore the ACL in his right knee during his junior season at the University of Wyoming.