The Los Angeles Lakers have been in pursuit of Anthony Davis since February. They failed to land him before the trade deadline despite offering up everyone except LeBron James in some way, shape, or form. Now, trade talks are starting to heat up, but the package reported on Wednesday of the No. 4 pick, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball won’t meet the requirements to land a player like Davis.
One player that was assumed to be a part of any trade discussions is Kyle Kuzma. He was notably absent from yesterday’s discussions, however, and Tania Ganguli from the Los Angeles Times reports the Lakers are reluctant to include his name in any potential package.
One player that the Lakers’ trade discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis could hinge on? Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers do not want to trade him, but the Pelicans want him as part of a package, sources tell me and @BA_Turner.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 12, 2019
If Kuzma, of all people, is the hold-up on a Davis trade, the Lakers will ultimately regret it immensely, and shouldn’t hesitate to ship him off. Kuzma is a quality young player, no doubt about that, and if the Lakers can keep him, then all the more power to them.