Lakers news: Rob Pelinka insists there's plenty of optimism regarding Kyle Kuzma's foot injury
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Lakers GM Rob Pelinka insists there’s plenty of optimism regarding Kyle Kuzma’s foot injury

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Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka insists there’s plenty of optimism regarding small forward Kyle Kuzma’s foot injury.

Kuzma will miss the start of training camp as he continues to recover from a stress injury in his lower left leg.

It looks like the Lakers are airing on the side of caution with Kuzma. Because there are 82 games in the regular season, Los Angeles wants to make sure Kuzma is fresh and healthy for the long-haul.

Last season for the Lakers, Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line. He will join LeBron James, Danny Green, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee in LA’s starting lineup for the upcoming season.

The Lakers really value Kuzma. After all, he was the only youngster from last year’s team to not get traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis deal. Kuzma’s pals Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram were sent to New Orleans for Davis.

Playing next to James and Davis, Kuzma is going to get a lot of wide-open looks from the 3-point line since LeBron and AD command so much attention when they have the ball and are driving to the basket. The Lakers would like to see Kuzma become a more efficient three-point shooter in 2019-20.