Calderon was held scoreless (0-1 FG) and added one rebound across five minutes in a 134-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
Calderon has long been recovered from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for a large portion of December, but the aging point guard isn't on track to land a rotation spot on a rebuilding Lakers squad. He's logged only garbage-time minutes during blowouts in three of the Lakers' last four games and will need an injury to D'Angelo Russell or Jordan Clarkson in order to gain court time in more competitive contests.
Calderon (hamstring) will be active for Tuesday's game against the Jazz, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Calderon and Tarik Black (hip) were both active Sunday against the Clippers while Larry Nance (knee) and a healthy Metta World Peace occupied the Lakers' two inactive slots, but coach Luke Walton didn't turn to either off the bench, citing the game situation and both players' lack of activity over the past few weeks as reasons behind the decision. Even when he wasn't recovering from the right hamstring strain, Calderon failed to see consistent time behind starting point guard D'Angelo Russell and primary backup Jordan Clarkson, so it could be several more games before the veteran gets a look in Walton's rotation.
Calderon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Clippers, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Calderon has been sidelined since Dec. 5 with the strained right hamstring, but looks to be on the cusp of a return, as he was able to put in a rigorous workout Friday. Coach Luke Walton noted after the session that Calderon would still need to go through some practice before getting cleared to play, so it's more likely than not that he'll remain out Sunday. However, he could make his return at some point during the coming week, though it's uncertain if he'll be a regular part of Walton's rotation.
Calderon was able to get in a workout in advance of Friday's tilt with the Magic and looks to be making some progress in his recovery from the right hamstring strain, but he'll still remained sidelined until at least the team's Christmas Day tilt with the Clippers. Now that D'Angelo Russell is healthy again, Calderon will likely find himself third on the depth chart at point guard behind Russell and Jordan Clarkson once he returns, which means Calderon could be held out of Walton's rotation in most games.
It's been just under three weeks since Calderon suffered his hamstring injury, so he's nearing the back end of his original projected timetable for a return. Calderon reportedly was able to do some running and shooting drills earlier in the week and hopes to be available in the near future, but he won't be ready Thursday, as he's officially been ruled out. His next opportunity to take the court will be Friday, in the second game of the
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