Lakers news: Kyle Kuzma will start vs. Mavs if Anthony Davis can't go
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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma will start vs. Mavs if Anthony Davis can’t go

Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Lakers

If Anthony Davis can’t play on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers will start Kyle Kuzma in his place.

Davis suffered a bruised gluteus maximus versus the New York Knicks on Tuesday. He will travel with the Lakers on their two-game road trip:

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.”