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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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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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Lakers Considering Jason Kidd as Next Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have decided on their next head coach should they fire current head coach Luke Walton.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Jason Kidd would be “among the serious candidates” for the job, should it become available.

According to The Orgenonian’s John Canzano, the California Golden Bears fires head coach Wyking Jones, and are also targeting Kidd, who spent two years with the Golden Bears prior to his NBA career.

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Lakers Privately Concerned About LeBron James

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All is not well in Hollywood when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers and superstar LeBron James, at least according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

Per the report, the Lakers have privately been concerned about James’ health following a career-long absence, due to a groin injury he sustained back on Christmas Day in a game against the Golden State Warriors.

James’ play has left the Lakers “a little concerned” for his well-being.

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