The Lakers are about to add another player to their roster, and it doesn’t involve a trade.

Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar has steadily progressed in healing his strained left hamstring enough that he could return as early as Friday when the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center…..if a few things work out in his favor.

Farmar plans to receive an ultra sound Wednesday when the Lakers return to Los Angeles from a four-game trip that ends tonight in Memphis at the Fed Ex Forum. Should the test show Farmar’s hamstring has healed enough as he’s thought it has, the Lakers’ guard will then practice Thursday. Should he complete that practice successfully, Farmar would then suit up for the Lakers-Timberwolves game.

The Lakers (11-13) feel the urgency in adding Farmar, who has missed the past the six games and averaged a steady 9.2 points and 4.4 assists through 18 games. They rank 12th in the Western Conference. The Lakers have long-term injuries to Steve Nash (nerve issues in back) and Steve Blake (torn ligament in right elbow). With Kobe Bryant shedding rustiness stemmed from his injured left Achilles tendon that kept him sidelined for the past eight months, the Lakers’ star has averaged six turnovers per game in his five appearances. Farmar would likely start at point guard and slide Bryan to his natural position at point guard. That could leave either Jodie Meeks or Wesley Johnson out of the rotation.

But Farmar pledges he won’t return just for the sake of hoping to salvage the Lakers’ misfortunes.