Bynum, Walton updates

NEW ORLEANS — Here’s the latest:

Jackson said it wasn’t imperative for Andrew Bynum to play in one of the Lakers’ final regular-season games. Bynum has ditched the walking boot he was wearing at the start of the trip to protect his strained left Achilles tendon. Bynum isn’t sure when he might play. Also, Jackson said Luke Walton could practice with his teammates as soon as Thursday, when the Lakers return from their trip. Walton has played in only 24 games this season because of a back injury. He hopes to play Sunday against San Antonio.