Lakers Trade Rumors: Kyle Kuzma May Be Involved In Scenarios Other Than Potential Anthony Davis Trade
Kyle Kuzma, Lakers
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Although Lonzo Ball was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, it was Kyle Kuzma who often stole plenty of headlines in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kuzma flashed a refined offensive repertoire and work ethic that endeared him to coaches.

With Ball, Kuzma, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, the Lakers had a young core that many pointed to as trade chips in a blockbuster deal or attractive pieces for star free agents. Sure enough, it was enticing to LeBron James who signed a four-year contract.

While James raved about the Lakers’ young talent, the team seemingly made everyone available within the past week as part of concerted efforts to trade for Anthony Davis before the 12 p.m. PT deadline on Thursday.

Although Kuzma was included as a key component in the Lakers’ offers to the New Orleans Pelicans, Brian Windhorst implied on “NBA Countdown” the second-year forward is unlikely to be part of a trade for Davis, via ESPN:

“I think I can tell Kyle Kuzma take the blindfold off, you’re not getting traded to the Pelicans.”

Windhorst’s blindfold remark was in response to Kuzma joking with reporters about wearing one a la the plot from Netflix’s “Bird Box.” Meanwhile, when pressed on his insinuation the Lakers won’t trade for Davis, Windhorst clarified and emphasized Kuzma not being part of a deal with the Pelicans.

That suggests the Lakers may be shopping him in other trades in effort to improve their roster for a playoff push. On the Davis front, L.A. is said to have little optimism the Pelicans will come around to presenting a counteroffer or re-opening dialogue.

Reminder: Vivid Seats is the Official Ticket Reseller of LakersNation.com. New Customers use “LAKERSNATION” (all CAPS) in the Vivid Seats App on your phone and get 10% off any Lakers home game ticket order for the remainder of the season.

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors: Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook Looking To Team Up?

The Los Angeles Lakers are finishing up their second consecutive losing season…

Lakers Rumors: Orlando Magic Interested In Trading For Luol Deng And Larry Nance Jr.

The NBA season isn’t over yet, but the Los Angeles Lakers already find themselves smack in the center of a fresh new batch of trade rumors…

NBA Rumors: Adam Silver Considering Reducing Number Of Teams In Orlando Bubble

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is facing one of the most important decisions of his career. Figuring out if and…

Lakers Rumors: Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, And JaVale McGee ‘Wanted To Know’ If They Could ‘Trust’ Dwight Howard

Since spurning the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets in 2013 NBA free agency, Dwight Howard has been on a…