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The Sacramento Kings would be unlikely to send swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade for forward Kyle Kuzma, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.
The Athletic recently reported the Lakers are taking trade calls on Kuzma. The Kings have been identified as one of the interested teams, as they are coached by Luke Walton — Kuzma’s coach with the Lakers.
“A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings are unlikely to trade Bogdanovic for Kuzma,” Anderson wrote. “The Kings value Bogdanovic’s versatility and they are comfortable with having the right to match any offers for him if he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Bogdanovic has missed six games due to hamstring and ankle injuries this season. The Kings are 0-6 in those contests.”
Kuzma has been coming off the bench for the Lakers, who may want to add a veteran for a playoff run. He is averaging a career-low 12.1 points and career-low 3.5 rebounds — but is still the type of young player who could bring something special in return.
Trade rumors are nothing new for Kuzma. He was part of talks last season between the Lakers and New Orleans for Anthony Davis. Others were shipped off. Kuzma remains.
“I’ve been in trade rumors since I came here,” he told reporters. “I think that’s just a thing that happens when you’re a Laker. You’re always in trade rumors, especially in this era. So it doesn’t really matter. Just control what you can control.”
Bogdanovic is having a better season in Sacramento, coming off the bench behind Buddy Hield and averaging 14.5 points.
“Bogdanovic is making $8.5 million this season. Kuzma is making $1.97 million,” Anderson wrote. “If the Kings and Lakers were to make a deal involving Bogdanovic and Kuzma, the Lakers would have to include a player like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Avery Bradley to make salaries match.”