After an examination this morning by Dr. Ken Jung, a foot specialist with the Kerlan- Jobe Orthopedic Group, it is estimated that Ariza will be out approximately eight weeks.
L.A. Times: As if the Lakers needed this to happen.
Forward Trevor Ariza was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his right foot after hurting it today at practice. Ariza will see foot specialist Kenneth Jung on Monday, at which point a timetable for his return will be determined.
It was unclear exactly how Ariza injured the fourth metatarsal in his foot, but he apparently came down on Lamar Odom’s foot.
“He got tangled up with Lamar,” Coach Phil Jackson said a few minutes after Ariza left practice for X-rays at Centinela Hospital Medical Center.
Ariza became a fixture on the Lakers’ second unit after being acquired from Orlando in November. He was averaging 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18 minutes a game.
Ariza, who also started three games, had been an active defender for the Lakers, who liked his length and speed.
The Lakers are without Andrew Bynum for at least seven more weeks and Chris Mihm for at least another week, although it will probably be longer than that until he returns.