Kuzma may be key for Lakers to score Pelicans’ Davis in offseason

Coach Alvin Gentry and star Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a first-round upset of the Blazers last season.

The offseason should be filled (per usual) with drama as the Los Angeles Lakers look to make a deal to try and land some help for LeBron James in the form of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

Los Angeles has assets to move, the biggest being their 27th overall selection in 2017, Kyle Kuzma, who could be a building block for any team looking to get young.

They also have Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, but many think that if the Lakers and Pelicans can get a move made, Kuzma will be the key to the deal.

“He’s a legitimate scorer that fits the modern NBA perfectly,” a former general manager told Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. “Kuzma has the highest value of the [Lakers’ young prospects]. He’s the most proven.”

The 6-foot-9 big man, in his second year in the NBA, has already shown that he’s got the toughness and work ethic to continue to get better, and also can develop into more of a legitimate scorer.

Kuzma is putting up 19.3 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds per night.

While there’s going to be other teams in the mix for Davis this offseason (with the Boston Celtics and their four first-round draft picks perhaps at the top of the list), if the Lakers throw Kuzma’s name in the mix, Davis might just be bound for the West Coast this upcoming offseason.

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