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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Could Be Biggest Trade Chip

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If the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to haul in a big talent at the trade deadline, such as New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar Anthony Davis, they have a promising trade chip in their hand.

Lakers’ youngster Kyle Kuzma could be the Lakers’ strongest trade piece, and one former NBA general manager believes he has the highest value of any of the Lakers’ young prospects.

“He’s a legitimate scorer that fits the modern NBA perfectly,” a former general manager said of Kuzma, according to Bleacher Report. “Kuzma has the highest value of the [Lakers’ young prospects]. He’s the most proven.”

“The consistency of his three-point shooting and defense must improve,” the former exec stated. “Kuzma is not a good defender, but [he’s] not as much of a liability as [Brandon] Ingram. Part of that may be positional. Ingram has to guard the elite wings at some level, although the Lakers try to hide him with [Josh] Hart and interesting cross-matches. Kuzma gets the 4s and 5s that aren’t very good offensively. He also plays harder than Brandon.”

Kuzma could be the piece that gets the attention of teams such as New Orleans.

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Lakers’ Optimistic About Kyrie Irving

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After the acquisition of Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling pretty good about their chances of landing another high-profile free agent.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, a source close to Lakers’ star LeBron James said that the Lakers were optimistic that they can land point guard Kyrie Irving, prior to the Davis deal.

While the Davis deal could have changed things for the Lakers, it may not completely rule out the addition of Irving as well.

According to The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Irving has expressed a desire to play with Davis.

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Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him

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Former President of the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson finally spoke about his abrupt exit from this position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season.

Johnson, appearing on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, pointed the finger of blame at Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him during his tenure, and took to task during his appearance on the show.

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Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.

Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.

Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.

Lue is a preferred choice of Lakers superstar LeBron James, due to their relationship from their days together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, highlighted by a 2016 NBA Championship.

Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.

Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.

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