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NBA Rumors: Lakers Could Trade Kyle Kuzma For Bogdan Bogdanovic

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

The Los Angeles Lakers could be involved in some big moves before the February deadline, as rumors increase every day. The Lakers already took part in one of the biggest moves of the summer when they sent a package that included Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis.

It looks like they could be ready to do something similar this season, as Kyle Kuzma’s spot in the team isn’t a certain thing right now. A couple of days after it looked like Los Angeles Lakers forward wasn’t going anywhere, reports suggest the Lakers are getting calls from potential trade partners on a move involving their third-year forward.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Sacramento Kings are one of the teams reportedly interested in Kuzma and they are heading into negotiations knowing they will likely have to part ways with wing Bogdan Bogdanovic, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

“Sacramento is among the teams that has tried to engage the Lakers in Kyle Kuzma trade talks, league sources say. The Kings know they would have to include sharpshooter (and soon-to-be restricted free agent) Bogdan Bogdanovic, for starters, in a Kuzma deal,” Stein wrote.

Bogdanovic is averaging 14 points and 3.6 assists per game this season while shooting 38.8% from the 3-point line on 6.9 attempts per game. Sam Amick of The Athletic also reports that the Lakers would have to add more than just Kuzma to get Bogdanovic.

“To clarify: Conceptually, Kuz and filler salary is of no interest to the Kings. Salaries obviously don’t match up ($8.5 mill for Bogey to $1.9 mil for Kuz),” Amick added.

Knowing the quality of Bogdanovic as a playmaker and 3-point shooter, the Lakers would be very pleased with this move. Although he doesn’t have as much attention as Kuzma, this guy would be an upgrade for the Lakers as soon as he touches down in Los Angeles.

As for Kuz, the fact that he plays the same position as Anthony Davis and is a player other teams want ultimately makes him expendable, which could serve the Purple and Gold to land a piece that would bring a lot of good things to the table.

We’re a month away from the trade deadline, and the Kings won’t be the only team to reach out to the Lakers. We’ll see how this goes, but right now Sacramento has a good case to land Kuzma.