The Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Trade Kyle Kuzma

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Whenever NBA players are drafted outside of the lottery picks, it is rare for players to develop into potential super stars. Los Angeles Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma was the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played college basketball at the University of Utah and Kuzma is currently 23 years old.

He has played at a high level ever since coming into the league. Kyle Kuzma is probably the second option in Los Angeles right now. He has had a better career to this point than Lonzo Ball has, although they both play different positions.

Kuzma scored 19 points, six rebounds, and recorded one assist on Christmas Day in a 127-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on the road. On Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, he scored 33 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and recorded four assists. They lost the game at the buzzer on the road 117-116 but Kyle Kuzma was impressive once again.

With Lebron James expected to miss the next several games with a groin injury, Kuzma is going to have to keep playing at a high level. He is currently their number one option offensively. I don't know how many people expected him to blossom this early in his career. The Los Angeles Lakers scouting department deserves a lot of credit for finding him.

His name has been mentioned when it comes to the possibility of trading for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers can't afford to trade him even though Davis is Top 5 player in the NBA.

Kyle Kuzma might be the most important role player on this team. He is one of the glue guys on this roster. Kuzma has the potential to be an All-Star one day. So far this season, he is averaging 18.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.6 SPG.

During his rookie season, Kyle Kuzma averaged 16.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.6 SPG. His defensive game has been the same, but Kuzma's offensive game has improved.

Magic Johnson can't afford to trade him. If teams are going to be asking for him, he should hang up the phone immediately. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram might be the young players that would get traded before him. The Los Angeles Lakers shouldn't trade anyone away this season anyways. They should wait and see what happens this upcoming summer in free agency. If nothing happens then, Los Angeles should make a trade that doesn't involve Kyle Kuzma. If they trade him, they will regret it.