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Anthony Davis out vs. Mavs, opening door for Kyle Kuzma to start

Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Lakers

It looks like Kyle Kuzma will start for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, as superstar big man Anthony Davis won’t play.

Davis suffered a bruised gluteus maximus versus the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Thursday Kuzma would start if Davis didn’t play versus Dallas:

The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. They are 30-7 and have won six games in a row.

In his first season with the Lakers, Anthony Davis has been a monster on both ends of the court. He’s averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 blocks while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Kyle Kuzma, whose name has come up in trade rumors lately, is putting up 12.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Lakers in 28 contests. The swingman is shooting 42.5 percent from the floor, 34.6 percent from the 3-point line and 74.6 percent from the charity stripe.

Kuzma’s future with the Lakers has been in question ever since his trainer called out LeBron James. We’ll see if the Lakers end up making a deal involving Kuzma, who is still on his rookie contract. He’s making $1.9 million this season.

One NBA general manager who spoke to Sean Deveney of Heavy believes LA will only trade Kuzma “if they’re getting a lot back.”