It's no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers have opened themselves up to the idea of trading Kyle Kuzma. In fact, the possibility may never have been off the table.
With a few weeks to go ahead of February's trade deadline, his name has been the center of a number of rumors lately, the latest involving a potential deal with the Chicago Bulls.
In a deal proposed by Jonathan Kiernan of Fansided‘s Lake Show Life, the Lakers could acquire star guard Zach LaVine by sending a trade package including Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, and Talen Horton-Tucker to Chicago.
“LaVine is unquestionably one of the best athletes in the NBA and his dunking ability is legendary but his game is so much more than that,” Kiernan wrote. “Capable of scoring 20 points a night with ease, LaVine has a silky smooth jump shot and handles that gives teams trouble every night. He can catch fire and torch teams when he needs to which would be an extremely important trait to have for the purple and gold. He also has an underrated passing game that could solve the Lakers secondary playmaker problems.”
The loss of Grene and Kuzma is a steep price to pay -- both are essential to what the Lakers are doing this year. But with LaVine, whose offensive game knows no bounds, their ceiling could get even higher.
Zach is a young, blossoming star on the rise who could help L.A. remain contenders for years to come. Averaging 25 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists this season, there should be no question about his skillset at just 24-years-old.
Expect the Lakeshow to be increasingly aggressive in their pursuit of star-power, and LaVine could be one of the first name son their list.