The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly hesitant to include Kyle Kuzma in their trade package for Anthony Davis, but if they want New Orleans to agree to any deal, they’ll most definitely have to put the star player on the list.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the franchise had already made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the fourth overall pick in the June 20 NBA Draft available in talks with New Orleans, according to The New York Times’ Marc Stein.
However, Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported the deal hinges on the Lakers’ willingness to part ways with Kuzma.
As Stein notes, “The Lakers’ ability to seal a deal for Anthony Davis likely hinges on what the No. 4 pick can fetch. If the No. 4 pick can land a player to excite New Orleans, on top of Ingram and Ball, then the teams are headed for an agreement in principle before draft night next Thursday.”
Following reports that the Pelicans want the 23-year old forward to be added to the deal, former Lakers player Jordan Clarkson took to twitter with a message for Kuz: “start packing yo bags bro lmao.”
In just his second season, Kuzma averaged 18.7 points with 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.