By Jose Batista

The Los Angeles Lakers have once again been dealt a big blow to their line up. Lonzo Ball suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain in a loss against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. The injury will keep the Lakers guard on the sidelines for 4-6 weeks.

The Lakers have been playing without their superstar Lebron James who went down with a groin injury and their veteran point guard Rajon Rondo who suffered a broken hand, adding Ball to the injury list will mean that their depth will be further depleted.  The young core of the team will be tested as lately it has been a next man up mentality.

The Lakers are now on the outside looking in as they have dropped to the 9th seed in the Western conference (25-22). The road to the playoff picture does not get any easier as they will take on the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. The Warriors hold the best record in the conference and it will be an even tougher game with a third key player who will be wearing a suit on the sidelines.

Help may be on the way, The Rockets traded Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Bulls today sources tell ESPN, Carmelo Anthony will not play a game for the Bulls, but it is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls could include him in a one-for-one trade, but can’t aggregate his contract in another deal.

The Lakers maintain interest in Anthony, but do not want to waive a guaranteed player to create a roster spot for him, league sources tell ESPN. If a roster spot eventually opens with LA, yes, the Lakers are a possible destination for Anthony.

Only time will tell, until then the Lakers will have to find a way to turn it around while being short handed.