The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a tremendous first half of the regular season having posted a 34-8 record. Their latest performance was a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
As it is the case for any team, there is still room for the Lakers to improve. One way to accomplish that would be to better optimize their talent around its foundational talents. They have been able to successfully mask some deficiencies, but it’s best to have personnel that doesn’t require being covered up in key areas.
Having a backup power forward like Kyle Kuzma that plays his best basketball seemingly when at least one of the team’s superstars are sidelined doesn’t make much sense. It’s not the best management of talent to have that being the case when there are other parts of the roster that could be fortified.
So far this season, Kuzma is averaging 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 24.8 minutes per game, all of which are career-lows. His impact has been significantly diminished with Anthony Davis in the mix as the team’s starting power forward.
Here are three reasons why trading Kyle Kuzma would make sense for the Lakers:
3. Could Bolster A Needed Position
Heading into the season, the Lakers were expected to have some issues with their backcourt depth. There have been clear moments when they have experienced limitations from their personnel, but they’ve mostly been able to overcome it.
There isn’t too substantial of a need for a player like Kuzma that plays almost exclusively at the four with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Managing to make an upgrade at a non-power forward position would make them even more difficult to defeat.
It’s clear the Lakers are already set in their frontcourt but could use more talent in their backcourt. It was expected to be an issue heading into the season and it has certainly been a limitation of their roster.