LeBron James put up a few shots on Wednesday prior to the Los Angeles Lakers' high-profile matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks. By the way Lebron was moving around in his pre-game workout, it actually looked like he was going to suit up for LA to face the Bucks.

James still ended up sitting out his eighth consecutive game on Wednesday but it is clear that The King is nearing his much-awaited return for the Lakers (h/t Bill Oram of The Athletic):

LeBron is still dealing with an abdominal injury that has kept him sidelined since early November. It was reported earlier this week that Friday's bout against the Boston Celtics has been penciled in as James' potential return date and it looks like he's on track for that one.

The Lakers are clearly being cautious with their cornerstone superstar as they look to manage his load ahead of what is going to be a grueling 2021-22 campaign. James isn't getting any younger and he'll need to keep those legs fresh for the playoffs. Then again, LA has been struggling mightily to start the season so, at this point, it feels like LeBron won't be getting as many rest days as originally anticipated.