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Report: Lakers will only trade Kyle Kuzma ‘if they’re getting a lot back’

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The Los Angeles Lakers are listening to trade offers for Kyle Kuzma, but that doesn’t mean they are actively looking to move him.

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

But league sources told Heavy.com that the notion of the Lakers pulling the trigger on a deal for Kyle Kuzma is still a long way off.

One general manager said the Lakers would ask for a high rotation player—preferably a point guard—who could bolster the chances for LeBron James and Anthony Davis to earn a spot in the Finals, as well as a first-round draft pick that projects to be in or around the lottery.

“It is not something that front office wants to do,” the GM said. “He was a good pick for them, a guy they brought in and brought along when they had to give up Russell. The Lakers don’t have a lot of those players they draft and develop. They don’t have to pay him until (2021-22). The whole organization thinks highly of him so if he’s traded, it’s only if they’re getting a lot back.”

Kuzma is still on his rookie contract with the Lakers. He’s making $1.9 million this season. The swingman is averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Lakers in 27 games while shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference, but are looking for more shooters and playmakers next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Kuzma’s future with the Lakers has been in question ever since his trainer called out LeBron. We’ll see if the Lakers end up making a deal involving Kuzma.