Should the Lakers bring Kyle Kuzma back to LA?
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The Washington Wizards are reportedly making Kyle Kuzma available at the trade deadline. Kuzma signed a four-year $90 million extension with the Wizards this offseason.
The former Laker is playing at an All-Star level, averaging 23/6/4, shooting 46.6% from the field and 35.7% from three. He has been a high-quality scorer with solid efficiency. Kuzma is also a quality rebounder and has improved as a defender.
Kuzma could draw interest from multiple teams around the league, including the Lakers. Rob Pelinka and the front office have shown interest in bringing Kuzma back to LA, including at last year’s trade deadline.
The Lakers are in on many trade talks, as they are 17-17 and 10th in the Western Conference. Despite a great offseason adding depth around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the roster has struggled to find consistency and continuity. This has led to the front office exploring avenues to improve the roster via trade.
While Kuzma is having an All-Star-caliber season, the Lakers should not pursue him. The 28-year-old forward is on a sizeable contract and wouldn’t fix LA’s biggest needs.
Washington’s prize tag is reportedly multiple first-round picks, which is a high price for a player that wouldn’t fix the Lakers' biggest problems.
They should prioritize upgrading at point guard and backup center at the deadline. Kuzma would bring another scoring punch to the lineup but wouldn’t address the major issues on the roster.
Kyle Kuzma is COOKING 🔥— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) December 31, 2023
He has 31 points halfway through the third quarter!!pic.twitter.com/c1Z9r5sa1C
LA’s current strength on their roster is the depth at forward with LeBron, Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, Taurean Prince, and Cam Reddish.
While Kuzma could be an impactful addition to a team at the deadline, the Lakers' focus should be on upgrading at point guard and backup center as they already have depth at forward.