Sources: Lakers optimistic AD returns end of Jan.

5:26 PM ET

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis participated in an individual on-court workout on Friday, four weeks to the day since spraining the MCL in his left knee. There is optimism within the Los Angeles Lakers organization that the star big man could return to game action sometime during L.A.’s long road trip at the end of the month, sources told ESPN.

Davis will be officially reevaluated by team doctors early next week, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.

He suffered the injury on Dec. 17 when the Minnesota TimberwolvesJaden McDaniels collapsed into his left knee. An MRI administered the following day revealed the sprain.

Davis, who missed 36 of the Lakers’ 72 regular season games last season because of various injuries, said he was in “good spirits” immediately following the diagnosis because things could have been worse.

“Just thinking to myself that this is another journey of being able to get my mind, body right,” Davis said on Dec. 19. “So, use this time to get fully healthy and come back better than ever.”

Davis has missed the Lakers’ last 12 games and the team went 5-7 in that stretch.

L.A. has three more games — at Denver on Saturday, home against Utah on Monday

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