first_img“A lot of it will have to do with how he feels, but another half will have to do with what we have,” Scott said. “If we can take the load off of him with not having to log 30-plus minutes and allow him to not have to do so much on the offensive end, that takes its toll as well. If that load is lightened considerably, he will definitely think about it.”Bryant visited the Lakers’ facility on Wednesday, but he was absent on Thursday. Scott does not expect Bryant to have a presence around the team while healing from an injury the Lakers believe will take nine months.A worthy investmentThe Lakers stayed insistent on keeping their rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson through Thursday’s trade deadline. Randle suffered a season-ending injury to his right leg in the Lakers’ season opener after being drafted seventh overall. But they like his versatility as both a playmaker and bruiser. The Lakers are also intrigued with Clarkson’s potential after averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 assists in the past 10 games as a starting point guard. “That’s definitely a great feeling to have an organization have that trust in you. I’m going to continue to work hard and get better,” Clarkson said. “I’m blessed to have this opportunity to play a lot and learn a lot quicker than a lot of the rookies around the league.” Skepticism persists on whether Kobe Bryant can return for his 20th NBA season after nursing a season-ending right shoulder injury that marked the third major injury in consecutive years.Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott believes Bryant will return both for the 2015-16 campaign and even beyond. “If we get the right pieces into next year and do a pretty good job of playing basketball like I think we’re capable of doing and he stays healthy for the next year,” Scott said, “and the next summer we get a couple of more pieces, he’ll take a hard look at what we got and say, ‘Maybe I’ll go one more.’ That’s up to him and how he feels. But he proved to me this summer and during the season that he can go a couple more years if he wanted to.”Bryant averaged 22.3 points this season and completed a few milestones. He climbed to third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, posted two of his 21 career triples doubles and recorded a career-high 17 assists in a game. But Bryant shot a career-low 37.3 percent from the field. After averaging 35.4 minutes through the first 27 games, Bryant also sat out of eight of the next 16 contests to rest. He said itLakers forward Nick Young on his vacation in Hawaii during the NBA All-Star break: “I did it all. I went ziplining. I flew over a volcano with a helicopter with no doors on it. I was living my life on the edge.”EtcLakers guard Wayne Ellington practiced on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice because of stomach issues.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img