Kyle Kuzma is one of the very few assets the Los Angeles Lakers boast if they want to upgrade a roster that’s coming off a disappointing first-round exit in the NBA Playoffs. It’s in this that rumors persist Kuzma could be on the trade block this summer. Where might he be moved?
Kyle Kuzma trade to the Detroit Pistons
Pistons get: Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, second-round pick
Lakers get: Jerami Grant, Josh Jackson
This hypothetical trade makes too much sense for the Lakers. In Grant, they’d be acquiring a 20-point scorer who excels on the defensive end of the court and can hit the three. Last season alone, the 27-year-old forward averaged 22.3 points and 4.6 rebounds on 35% shooting from distance. He can play both the three and four, which would also be a benefit for the Lakers. Add in a double-digit scorer in Jackson, and this would be a huge move.
As for the Pistons, there’s a chance that the rebuilding squad will move off Grant after one season. Detroit is building around youngsters such as Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Killian Hayes. It also boasts the top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Bringing in Kuzma would help up-and-coming general manager Troy Weaver expedite the Pistons’ rebuild.
Kyle Kuzma trade to the Washington Wizards
Wizards get: Kyle Kuzma
Lakers get: Davis Bertans, second-round pick
Even after suffering a calf injury in the 2021 NBA Playoffs and following some struggles this past season, Bertans should offer up Washington some trade value. The 28-year-old Latvian is a career 41% three-point shooter and can act as a stretch forward for the Lakers moving forward. It’s an area Kuzma struggled in a season ago, and it’s why he’s seen as expendable.