Source: Lakers’ Ball recovering nicely from ankle injury

Second-year Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball could be nearing a return from a sprained ankle.

Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball is recovering nicely from a grade-3 ankle sprain, a league source told Amico Hoops on Tuesday.

Ball’s injury occurred during a game against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 19, when he had to be carried off by teammates Lance Stephenson, and recently traded Michael Beasley.

According to the Lakers, Ball’s timetable to return at the time was four-to-six weeks, That would make Ball’s return fall anywhere between Feb. 16 and March 2.

The Lakers are in need of Ball’s playmaking on both sides of the ball. They are sitting at 28-28 entering Tuesday’s game at Atlanta, and currently hold the 10th seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers are 3-6 since Ball suffered the injury.

Ball, 21, is averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 47 games on the season.