LA Lakers Could Trade Kyle Kuzma To Magic For Mo Bamba & 2022 First-Round Pick, 'Bleacher Report' Suggests

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The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be one of the most active teams on the trade market in the 2021 offseason. To secure their status as a legitimate title contender in the loaded Western Conference, the Lakers should continue improving their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Aside from adding quality players that complement James and Davis, the Lakers may also consider getting rid of some members of their rotation that don't fit with their superstar duo this summer.

LA Lakers Should Explore Trading Kyle Kuzma In 2021 Offseason

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One of the potential trade candidates in Los Angeles for the upcoming 2021 offseason is Kyle Kuzma. When they acquired Anthony Davis in 2019, the Lakers expected Kuzma to be the third superstar that would help AD and LBJ lead the team back to title contention. Unfortunately, Kuzma failed to live up to expectations and even struggled to make himself fit alongside Davis and James in the starting lineup.

Though he's somehow showing improved chemistry with James and Davis this season, most people believe that the Lakers should already explore the possibility of moving Kuzma this summer.

Proposed Trade Centered Around Kyle Kuzma

In a recent article, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report came up with a hypothetical trade idea that would enable the Lakers to send Kuzma to the Orlando Magic in the 2021 offseason. In the proposed trade scenario, the Lakers would trade Kuzma to the Magic in exchange for a package that includes Mo Bamba and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick.

If the trade becomes a reality this summer, Buckley believes that it would help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.

Why The Trade Makes Sense For LA Lakers

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Though they would be the ones giving up the best player in the deal, the suggested trade would make a lot of sense for the Lakers. Aside from dumping Kuzma's contract and acquiring a future first-rounder, the Lakers would also be receiving a young and promising big man who has the potential to become a dominant two-way center in the league.

"Mo Bamba would be an intriguing frontcourt option, though, as an above-the-rim paint protector at one end and a floor-spacer at the other," Buckley wrote. "He wouldn't step on the stars' toes and would instead give them more room to dance."

Kyle Kuzma & Magic Would Benefit From The Trade

If the trade goes through, it wouldn't only be beneficial for the Lakers, but also for Kuzma and the Magic. For Orlando, the proposed deal would allow them to add a ready contributor who fits the timeline of Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz. The acquisition of Kuzma would help the Magic improve their offensive efficiency that is currently the second-worst in the league, scoring 103.4 points per 100 possessions, per ESPN.

Meanwhile, being traded to a team that could give him more playing time, a permanent spot in the starting lineup, and a significant role on the offensive end of the floor would enable Kuzma to find the right path to becoming a legitimate superstar in the league.