The New York Knicks reportedly wanted Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green for Marcus Morris, but the Lakers had no interest in doing that deal and walked away from trade talks late, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
The Knicks wound up trading Morris to the other team in LA, the Los Angeles Clippers:
Following up on Lakers-NYK talks. It wasn’t just Kyle Kuzma LA didn’t want to include in a deal for Marcus Morris. The Knicks also wanted Danny Green (to make the $ work) and future second round picks, per sources. Lakers decided that was too steep and walked away late.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 6, 2020
The Lakers are 38-11 on the season in their first year with the Anthony Davis–LeBron James pairing. They will likely be players in the buyout market.
Kuzma is averaging 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 40 games this season. He’s shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Kuzma’s status with the Lakers has been in question ever since his trainer called out LeBron, but it sounds like those rumors were totally overblown by the media.
Kuzma was the only youngster from last year’s team to survive the Davis trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, as Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram were sent to New Orleans. Now, the swingman has survived the 2020 trade deadline and can just focus on basketball moving forward.
Green, who is in his first season with the Lakers, is arguably the best shooter LA has around LeBron and Davis. It wouldn’t have made sense for the Lakers to trade the sharpshooter away.
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