Report: Kyle Kuzma could be ready to move on from Lakers, looking for ‘new start’ with ‘bigger opportunity’

Brad Sullivan
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NBA insider Marc J. Spears is indicating that Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma may ask to be dealt elsewhere because of his diminished role with the team.

Kuzma has played four seasons with the Lakers but has seen his role get smaller in the past two years due to the dual presence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Despite having battled injuries this season, James’ and Davis’ on-court production is still high, a situation that means Kuzma’s role will remain smaller in comparison

Kuzma turns 26 next month, and while he’s happy with the success the Lakers have achieved because of James and Davis, he’s obviously seeking to make an impact of his own in the near future.

Starting 32 of the 68 games he played in this season, Kuzma averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Those scoring numbers are similar to last season’s and remain decidedly below his career-high scoring average of 18.7 points per game during the 2018-19 season.

Rumors have surfaced that Kuzma could be dealt in part to ease the Lakers’ salary cap concerns, though there have been no solid potential destinations mentioned. However, Kuzma’s recent actions on social media will no doubt continue to fuel the rumor mill.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.