Kyle Kuzma’s future in Los Angeles remains uncertain. The 24-year-old forward is used to being included in trade rumors. So far, the Lakers refrained from trading him to another team. According to NBA analyst Eric Pincus, it would make sense for both Kuzma and Lakers to part ways.
With the arrival of Anthony Davis, the young forward saw his playing time diminish. Kuzma’s minutes per game dropped from 33.1 (in 2018-19 season) to 24.6 this season. Naturally, he is scoring less points – 12.5 instead of 18.7. Davis is likely to remain with the Lakers for the foreseeable future, which means that Kuzma would not see his minutes grow.
Los Angeles is in need of a guard with playmaking and shooting abilities. Free-agent Dion Waiters was signed to at least in part cover this. Though another guard on a higher level would still be needed. Pincus made the case for Spencer Dinwiddie, Buddy Hield and Zach LaVine as players that would fit the task with the Nets guard being ‘an ideal’ option.
“Kuzma may be better suited for a team that needs a young, scoring power forward. The Lakers need playmaking and shooting.
“Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie would be an ideal target if he became available. Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield is an elite shooter and could feast on open looks that James and Davis generate. An athletic scorer like Zach LaVine might be interesting as well, given the Chicago Bulls’ recent front-office turnover.”
If such trade was to be made, the Lakers would have to add more pieces because of Kuzma’s contract which is at $3.6 million for the coming season if it is extended.