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NBA Rumors: Lakers Could Acquire Lauri Markkanen For Kyle Kuzma

(via Chicago Bulls Confidential)

(via Chicago Bulls Confidential)

The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a scorching hot start this season, winning 11 of their first 13 games. But is there room for improvement?

Outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers don't have a consistent third option. In a list of three midseason trade suggestions, Fansided’s Bulls-centric blog Pippen Ain’t Easy wrote on Monday that L.A. could “rejuvenate” its frontcourt rotation with a trade for Chicago's Lauri Markkanen involving young forward Kyle Kuzma.

It’s hard to imagine how Markkanen would be contributing at a lower level for the Bulls than what they could get out of the Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma. At least Kuzma is shooting around 33 percent from downtown and better than 45 percent from the field. Markkanen, meanwhile, still is shooting around 28 percent from three-point range and well under 40 percent from the field.

The deal would involve sending Kuzma, KCP, and Talen Horton-Tucker to the Bulls for 22-year-old Markkanen.

Lauri has struggled mightily this season, averaging just 14 points on 36% shooting. A change of scenery might bode well for the young big man, and the Lakers might benefit from his size and skillset next to Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard in the frontcourt.

Expect both the Lakers and Bulls to consider their options as the season progresses.