The Los Angeles Lakers are getting off to a hot start following their opening season loss to the Clippers. Behind historic performances from Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the team is poised to make some serious noise in the West this season.
Still, if things start to fall apart, we could see L.A. make a move to save face.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, any such move would involve Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green.
The Lakers also have a real problem in a lack of trade assets. They aren’t permitted to trade any first-round pick, and they don’t have a second-round pick available until 2023. They don’t have many tradable pieces, and three tradable players — Rondo, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — have no-trade clauses. Long story short, they have to play the buyout market, and even then, they currently don’t have a roster spot to sign anyone. Their two biggest trade assets, league executives believe, are Kuzma and Danny Green, but both play important roles.
Danny Green has been hitting on all strides so far this season. He is, by far, the Lakers’ best shooter, averaging 12 points per game and making an unreal 50% of his shots from beyond the arc.
Kyle Kuzma has yet to make his season debut but is one of the team’s best isolation scorers at 24-years-old.
Both players are significant assets to the Lakers, both by their production on the court and their value as a potential trade chip. Expect them to involved in mid-season trade rumors as teams work to plug their holes.