L.A. Lakers: Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, and Hottest Start to 2020

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Updated: January 4, 2020
Having such size behind a perimeter defender always puts their mind at ease, according to Lakers guard Danny Green. The Los Angeles Lakers opened the season on a tear, and despite having offensively gifted players like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and others, they did so by focusing on the defensive end. Green was asked about the consistency on that end and what he does to help make that possible, and said that’s always his primary focus (via Spectrum SportsNet): “It’s always defense for me. I’ve got to impact on that end first. Offensively it’ll come, whether I get three, four shots or 10-12,” Green said. “Some nights I might get two, some nights I might get 10. Read More...
 
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2869568-lakers-trade-rumors-kyle-kuzma-valued-as-part-of-core-despite-league-interestThe Los Angeles Lakers don't plan to trade Kyle Kuzma despite interest from around the league. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, "several teams are doing their due diligence" on the forward, but the Lakers "value Kuzma as a core part of the future." If Los Angeles makes any trade before the deadline, it likely won't be a major one, per Charania. Kuzma has seen a reduced role this season alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The 24-year-old led the Lakers in minutes last year, averaging 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. However, he has only started one of 25 games this year, and his scoring average has dropped to 12.2 points. Read More...
 
https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2020/1/3/21048547/lakers-trade-rumors-kyle-kuzma-teams-interested-why-athletic-shams-charania-twitterThe Lakers are not actively looking to move Kyle Kuzma, but that does not mean teams aren’t watching his situation closely. Kyle Kuzma is finally healthy and his play has improved as a result (goose egg against the Dallas Mavericks notwithstanding). The Los Angeles Lakers have always seen him as crucial to their future, a stance that’s extremely unlikely to change now that he’s showing more consistent flashes of what they saw in him in the first place. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, other teams have noticed the uptick in production, too: Several teams are doing their due diligence on forward Kyle Kuzma and viewing whether they can pluck the talented 24-year-old as part of their future from the championship-contending Lakers, but the Lakers value Kuzma as a core part of the future and are focused on making moves around the edges and not a major one, league sources say. Kuzma is averaging 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range in 25 games, adjusting his game around an elevated roster and finding his rhythm following missing time at two different points for a left ankle injury. The Lakers found Kuzma with the No. Read More...
https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2020/1/1/21046224/lakers-vs-suns-final-score-recap-blowout-lebron-james-anthony-davis-kyle-kuzma-avery-bradleyThe Lakers rang in 2020 with their hottest start of the season, but couldn’t stop the Suns from making this a much closer game than it should have been. The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a really dominant start against the Phoenix Suns. How dominant? Well, they scored 43 points, their highest in any quarter of the season. They also held the Suns to just 17 points. But perhaps best epitomizing how thoroughly they appeared to have Phoenix in a chokehold was this single tweet. It took until the 2:30 mark of the first quarter for the Suns to get a defensive rebound and cross halfcourt with the ball... Read More...
 

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