The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be pretty active during the offseason, as they are hoping to return to title contention next season.
The Lakers reportedly discussed a potential trade package with the Indiana Pacers for Kyle Kuzma and the 22nd overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, per Michael Scotto of Hoopshype.
“Kuzma and the Lakers’ 22nd pick was also discussed with the Pacers. The talks centered around acquiring the 13th overall pick from Indiana and needed salary filler but was turned down”
Kuzma experienced many ups and downs during the season, as the Lakers struggled with injuries throughout the year. The Utah University product averaged 12.9 points. 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest through 68 games.
During the past season, Kuzma signed a three-year deal that it’s worth $39M for the next three seasons. The Lakers have many decisions to make this offseason, including several players entering free agency.
In particular, Dennis Schroder, Andre Drummond, and Alex Caruso will demand new contracts, while Talen Horton-Tucker, Markieff Morris, and Wes Matthews are also free agents.