Lakers Reportedly Listening to Trade Offers Involving Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma could potentially be on the move at the NBA trade deadline this year. | John McCoy/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers might sit comfortably atop the Western Conference standings, but they're still looking to improve and round out their roster.

They might even be willing to ship out a young star to do it. According to Sam Amick, the team is listening to offers on former first-round pick Kyle Kuzma.

For all of his upside, though, this year has arguably been the worst of Kuzma's three campaigns in the league. He's averaging just 12.1 points per game, well below his career average of 16.6, and he's shooting a career-low 42.5% from the field.

The regression is largely due to the fact that he's no longer a starter, but his mediocre showings now have the Lakers willing to ship him out in the hopes of building a better team around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Plenty of teams would be more than happy to acquire a young star like him who still has plenty of potential.

There's also a much shadier element lurking in the background. Kuzma seems to have been at odds with James at times this year, though neither of them have acknowledged that there's any tension. Will Kuzma stay or go? Lakers fans hope to find out soon.