The third-year forward suffered the injury while playing with Team USA in the recent World Cup.
The Lakers issued a statement, saying Kuzma is "progressing with his rehabilitation" but has not been cleared for full practice or game participation. A status update will be given upon the team's return from China.
The Lakers definitely want to exercise caution here in order to have Kuzma available long-term.
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Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings on December 27, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. He was picked 46th overall in 2019 by Orlando Magic but his rights were later traded to the Lakers for a 2020 second round pick and future cash considerations. Kuzma is expected to return mid-October with the Lakers opening the regular season against city rivals and fellow title contenders Los Angeles Clippers.
The 6-foot-9 Kuzma, entering his third National Basketball Association season, was a key contributor for the Lakers last season, averaging 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
When Kuzma left Team USA in August, it was listed as left "ankle soreness" according to Marc Stein.
Jordan Caroline underwent successful surgery on his L. 5th metatarsal on September 6, 2019. The first game will take place in Shanghai on October 10, followed by a game in Shenzhen on October 12.