ATLANTA The trade deadline passed a few weeks ago, but the Lakers will add a significant player to their active roster next week.
Pau Gasol will return soon from torn plantar fascia in his right foot. The only game he ruled out was Friday at Indiana.
"Everything else is possible. I'm not going to hold myself back if I think I'm ready to play," Gasol said Wednesday. "There's not many games left in the season and every game will be valuable to us.
"We're keeping our options open. We're trying to see how I progress over the next few days."
After Friday, the Lakers play Sunday against Sacramento and Monday in Phoenix, each possible return dates, though their next game after that, March 22 against Washington, gives Gasol an extra three days of recovery time.
He hasn't played since Feb. 5 against Brooklyn.
The Lakers initially said he would be sidelined at least six to eight weeks, and in a rare spot of good injury news for them this season, the six-week mark would be Tuesday, mean...