Perhaps Round 2 will be more successful than Round 1 was for the Lakers.
The Lakers are trying to trade for Anthony Davis again, and whether or not they are able to nab him could hinge on how willing they are to part with their young stars — one in particular.
The New Orleans Pelicans are interested in three of the Lakers’ young players — whether that’s Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart — and the No. 4 pick in order to acquire Davis, according to people familiar with the trade discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly because of the fluidity of the situation. It’s possible New Orleans could use the No. 4 pick to acquire a player from a third team.
Among the current young Lakers, New Orleans covets Kuzma the most.
According to people familiar with the Lakers’ thinking, Kuzma has ingratiated himself with the organization both on the court and off, and management does not want to trade the forward, who is entering his third season.
The Lakers might have an opportunity to keep their No. 4 pick should they agree to part with Kuzma.