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Lakers News: Jarred Vanderbilt Nowhere Near Close to Returning

The Laker's defensive-minded forward has not been cleared for on-court work.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jarred Vanderbilt could be nearing a return, but not anytime soon. According to OC Register's Laker beat writer Khobi Price, Vanderbilt has yet to be cleared for on-court work.

Vanderbilt has missed at least a month and a half due to a significant right foot injury. He suffered the injury against the Boston Celtics in early February. 

The good news for the 24-year-old is that he is no longer in a walking boot. It may not seem like good news that he has yet to be cleared or on-court work, but he is progressing in his rehab. 

The purple and gold have missed his defensive prowess in a big way. Since he has been out, Los Angeles is ranked 23rd in the defensive rating. Their offense has been a juggernaut, but their defense has been the opposite, and a large part of this has to do with Vanderbilt's absence. 

There's a good chance they could get time back soon; the only question is, 'when?'