A season of epic losses continued for the Lakers, who are dropping players almost as fast as they are games.
Kent Bazemore was the latest to go down Monday after an MRI exam revealed the shooting guard had suffered a torn tendon in his right foot the previous day against the Clippers.
He will miss the season’s final five games and undergo surgery to repair the tendon. A timetable for his recovery will be given after the surgery.
Bazemore joined Kobe Bryant (fractured knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Xavier Henry (wrist, knee) as players who have been officially shut down. Steve Nash could be done because of recurring pain in his back and Chris Kaman (calf) and Nick Young (sprained knee) remain in various stages of recovery.
On the plus side, the Lakers are expected to get guard Jordan Farmar back from the groin injury that has sidelined him since March 14. Farmar said he intended to return Tuesday night at Staples Center when the Lakers play host to the Houston Rockets.
Bazemore was injured Sunday when he collapsed after feeling a pop while dribbling on the perimeter. He had to be helped off the court.
The Lakers are believed to be interested in re-signing Bazemore, 24, after he averaged 13.1 points in 23 games since being acquired from Golden State in February as part of the Steve Blake trade.
Surgeries for Henry
Henry has been scheduled to undergo a pair of surgeries Friday to repair his wrist and knee injuries.
Dr. Steven Shin will repair the torn ligament in Henry’s left wrist and Dr. Steve Lombardo will perform arthroscopic surgery on the cartilage abnormality in Henry’s right knee. A timetable for Henry’s recovery will be given after the surgeries.
Henry managed to have somewhat of a breakthrough season despite being limited to 43 games because of his injuries, averaging 10 points and 21.1 minutes per game. Those numbers were large increases for someone who had never averaged more than 5.3 points with Memphis and New Orleans in his first three seasons.
Henry, who will become a free agent in July, has said he wants to return to the Lakers.
Times correspondent Eric Pincus contributed to this report.
Eric Pincus contributed to this report.