As the 2021 NBA Draft, player-option deadlines, and free agency fast approaches, the Los Angeles Lakers are aggressively pursuing trades with, well, whoever will pick up the phone. Besides LeBron James and Anthony Davis, everybody is on the table.
At the center of that table is Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers have been shopping him for years — including at the March deadline — and they’ve reportedly contacted every team in the league about Kuz.
Earlier this week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Los Angeles has talked with the Sacramento Kings about a trade centered around Kuzma and Buddy Hield.
Hield wouldn’t exactly address the Lakers’ need for another ball-handler and off-the-dribble play-maker, but his elite high-volume perimeter shooting would add a much-needed dynamic to their offense. The 28-year old has averaged 18.9 points per game over the past three seasons and shot 39.1% on 10.2 three-point attempts per game in 2020-21. His defense is suspect, but the Lakers’ D is going to be staunch as long as Frank Vogel and Anthony Davis are participating.