Lakers’ Gabe Vincent to Have Knee Surgery, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks

Gabe Vincent with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in 2017
Gabe Vincent with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in 2017. Photo by Jordon Kelly/CSM/Shutterstock (9295819f)

The Los Angeles Lakers will have to wait longer before seeing their point guard, Gabe Vincent, return to action. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Vincent is set to have knee surgery that will rule him out between six and eight weeks.

Vincent dealt with knee issues for most of the season and spent the past two months rehabbing. His therapy included platelet-rich plasma injections as he attempted to avoid surgery.

The 27-year-old player attempted a comeback last week against the Chicago Bulls but managed to play only 14 minutes before being forced to exit the game.

The Lakers signed Vincent to a three-year, $33 million contract in the offseason, hoping the move will solidify their backcourt. He was coming off a career year that saw him make an NBA Finals run with the Miami Heat and averaging 12.7 points and 3.5 assists in the postseason. 

However, the injuries ended up limiting Vincent to just five games as a Laker. He is averaging 5.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 2023-24.

The news is a tough blow for the Lakers, who have endured a rough stretch recently following a promising start of the season. The LA team is currently sitting at No. 9 in the Western Conference with a 16-15 record.