The Phoenix Suns easily defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in their first-round playoff series.
As a result, LA has opted to take a serious look at changes that need to made in the offseason.
One of those changes?
Possibly trading away the longest tenured player on the roster – Kyle Kuzma.
During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast this week, the famed radio host opened about a rift that existed between Kuzma and team star LeBron James.
“The Lakers think they have a shot at him [Damian Lillard],” he said.
“That’s sort of Los Angeles delusion. The Los Angeles Lakers have players, KCP is a solid player, hot and cold, not what Portland wants.
“Kyle Kuzma — LeBron doesn’t get along with him. They’d love to move him, he’s kind of expensive. It’s not the kind of contract you can’t move, but it’s not necessarily team-friendly considering he disappears in big spots for the Lakers.”
None of this should come as a surprise. Exchanges between James and Kuzma throughout the season didn’t exactly paint a friendly picture.
That’s one way to watch a game. https://t.co/rlfZSR4DDe
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2021
Moreover, Kuzma’s essentially no-showed in the Lakers’ first round defeat to the Suns. For the series, he averaged 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting a terrible 17.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Given the frustration James has shown with Kuzma in the past, the limited amount of love Anthony Davis has for him, and the 25-year-old’s recent cryptic social media activity – it’s probably safe to assume that a trade is inevitable at this juncture.