'Better outcome than we originally feared' – Agent on Anthony Davis injury

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis could return from a finger injury as early as next week, according to his agent Rich Paul.

It was originally reported that Davis – who sat out Monday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies – could miss two to four weeks with a volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger.

However, the five-time NBA All-Star could be back earlier than expected.

Davis will be re-evaluated Friday and again every subsequent 48 to 72 hours.

"It's a better outcome than we originally feared," Paul told ESPN. "It's more of an injury of pain tolerance.

"They need to see the swelling go down and the range of motion increase. We will proceed with caution as it pertains to Anthony."

If Davis were to miss the weekend, the 25-year-old center would be out for games against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday and the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Davis – who has been linked with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers – is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this season.

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