The Lakers have gotten good returns on that investment, but this season he has struggled to gain the ground lost from his injury suffered this summer with the United States of America. When he returned, it was to a very different Lakers team than the ones he played with the past two seasons.
The Sacramento Kings are among the teams that have tried to engage in trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding forward Kyle Kuzma, sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times. Others were shipped off. Kuzma remains.
Still, Kuzma has struggled to find consistency on this year's roster.
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The Lakers are pushing to win a championship this season, and Kuzma's inconsistency will only continue to hinder them as the season wears on. But as we all know the Lakers rumors won't stop until the February 6 trade deadline. It stands to reason why Pelinka greased the wheels on a potential Kuzma-Bogdan Bogdanovic swap, considering the Kings must make a decision on the Serbian guard soon before he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season. If the Lakers are true to their word, Kuzma will not be going anywhere. There's been buzz around if the Lakers will trade Kuzma for several weeks, but what's changed now is that the team is showing a willingness to listen to pitches for Kuzma, as reported by The Athletic's Sam Amick.
Kuzma has been coming off the bench for the Lakers, who may want to add a veteran for a playoff run. He's also owed just $1.9 million this year and $3.5 million next season. He is now coming off the bench and averaging just 11.8 points per game on the season.
Kyle Kuzma's name has been thrown around in trade scenarios quite a bit recently and according to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the young talent could be a part of a bigger package.