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RUMOR: Lakers’ trade plan for Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroder, revealed

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It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be looking to improve their squad in the offseason following an ultimately disappointing 2020-21 campaign. Some doubt has been cast on the future of a number of players on the roster, including the duo of Kyle Kuzma and Dennis Schroder. As it is, it looks like these two will no longer be with the Purple & Gold next season.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, it does not appear as though either Schroder or Kuzma are going to be untouchable in potential trade talks this summer. As a matter of fact, it seems as though the Lakers are seriously considering trading both players:

League sources expect Chicago and New York to emerge as Schroder suitors, and both could be conducted via sign-and-trade—although Knicks certainly have the cap space to sign him outright. New York will likely have north of $50 million to spend this summer. Meanwhile, Los Angeles continues to gauge rival teams’ interest in Kyle Kuzma, sources told B/R, although Schroder does carry a higher trade value around the NBA.

For what it’s worth, Schroder’s current deal ends in the offseason, which is why the Lakers will need to do a sign-and-trade if they want to get some value out of the 6-foot-3 point guard. Kuzma, on the other hand, just signed an extension with the team last December, and this new contract runs until the end of the 2023-24 season.

The Lakers are fully expected to make some major moves in the offseason as they look to address a number of glaring issues on their roster. By the looks of things, both Schroder and Kuzma could emerge as key trade pieces for LA.