One by one, they've gone. Draft pick after draft pick, the Lakers have parted with the spoils of the last few years of sub-.500 basketball, from D'Angelo Russell to Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Ivica Zubac, Thomas Bryant and Svi Mykhailiuk.
Now, the Lakers have agreed to send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart (plus three first-rounders) to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis.
The lone man standing is Kyle Kuzma, the third-year forward who became a sticking point in negotiations. To be fair, the Lakers still have a couple of players drafted last season in Mo Wagner and Isaac Bonga, but Kuzma is the one young player L.A. fought hard to keep.
Days before news of the deal, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Timestweeted: "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."
Why exactly is Kuzma still here?
For one, he represents a resume-builder for former president Earvin "Magic" Johnson and current general manager Rob Pelinka as the spoils of the Russell trade in 2017. Kuzma was taken with the No. 27 pick, acquired in the deal with the Brooklyn Nets, as the team began to amass cap space by dumping Timofey Mozgov's contract.