The Los Angeles Lakers may trade a fan favorite for a top guard. The NBA trade deadline is already here. LA didn’t make a move. However, the Lakers will probably make a move in the offseason. Greg Swartz from Bleacher Report suggests that the Lakers should try to land a sharpshooter in exchange for Kyle Kuzma.
This trade proposal is wild. According to Swartz, the Lakers will get Kings starting shooting guard Buddy Hield in exchange for Kuzma, Marc Gasol, and Alfonzo McKinnie. LA is among the worst three-point shooting teams in the league this year. They rank 24th at 35.1% from behind the arc. Hield has been dangerous in his career and he is shooting above 38 percent from three-point range in five straight years. The veteran guard is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 38.3 percent in 50 starts this year.
“While he looked like one of the league’s best three-point shooters a few seasons ago, Hield just hasn’t performed up to expectations in Sacramento,” Swartz explained. “Playing between LeBron James and Anthony Davis would give Hield the most spacing he’s ever had while also receiving passes from one of the NBA’s all-time greats. A lifetime 40.5 percent marksman from three already, Hield’s game would take off with the Lakers. Kuzma will always be a reserve with Anthony Davis around, so moving him for a potential high-level starting shooting guard seems like a no-brainer.”
The Lakers to trade their fan favorite for a talented guard
Hield has been part of many trade rumors lately. He inked a four-year deal worth $94 million. Will LA try to get him? Hield is worth $22 million. Will LA pay him that much?
The Lakers have several guards entering the open market in the offseason. Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso, and Talen Horton-Tucker are trying to get their deals, too.
Kuzma is an excellent contributor for the team this season. He is averaging 12.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists for LA in the regular season.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel had words of praise for young Kuzma and his consistency.
“Kuz plays hard. That’s the simplest way to put it,” Vogel noted, per Lakers Nation. “I’ve never had a problem with when you have a guy like that gives maximum effort on the defensive end. There’s going to be certain matchups that are challenging for him, but you can say that about any player. But when he brings a high level of focus and a high level of defensive intensity and effort, he’s going to more than survive out there.”