Lakers Rumors: Rob Pelinka Initiated Kyle Kuzma Trade Talks With Sacramento Kings

Brad Sullivan
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A new report indicates that Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka initiated trade talks with the Sacramento Kings regarding forward Kyle Kuzma and the possible acquisition of guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times looked at the Lakers’ trade possibilities and noted how Kuzma is a possible candidate to be moved.

“This year the Lakers would like to conduct their business more quietly, though reports already have surfaced that teams are calling about Kyle Kuzma,” Ganguli wrote. “According to a person familiar with the conversation, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka initiated a call with Sacramento to gauge the Kings’ interest in Kuzma.”

Marc Stein of the New York Times delved further into a possible Lakers-Kings deal, noting the inclusion of Bogdanovic.

However, Jason Jones of The Athletic is indicating that unless the Lakers are able to overwhelm the Kings in any Kuzma-led deal, they won’t be giving up Bogdanovic. The 27-year-old shooting guard will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Kuzma has had injuries issues both before and during this season and is currently averaging 12.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Bogdanovic is averaging 14.5 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.

The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 6, with the Lakers hoping to have better luck than they did during their original attempt to acquire Anthony Davis last year. A deal for him was finally made in June, with the Lakers currently thriving with him in their lineup.

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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.