At shootaround on Friday, Kuzma said that, unlike Alvin Gentry, he saw nothing wrong with LeBron James saying it would be “amazing” to play with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. In fact, Kuzma said that most players, including himself and even Michael Jordan(???), would jump at the opportunity to play with The Brow:
Asked about LeBron’s comments about Anthony Davis this week, Kyle Kuzma said, “Who wouldn’t want to play with him? I’m sure I would want to play with him too. He’s a top five player in the league. So Michael Jordan would probably want to play with him too.”— Bill Oram (@billoram) December 21, 2018
Let the record show that I, too, would like to play basketball with Anthony Davis. I can’t get fined for saying that, can I? (Editor’s Note: We’ll see)
The irony in all of this, though, is that if Davis were to somehow force his way to Los Angeles next summer, Kuzma would almost surely be part of whatever deal the Lakers sent the Pelicans. He might even be the centerpiece if he continues to play at the level he’s playing currently.
Luckily for Kuzma, the Lakers are probably at the bottom of the list of teams the Pelicans would consider moving A.D. to, assuming it came to that.
As we’ve seen in the situations Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and most recently Trevor Ariza, no one likes to make trades with the Lakers, especially if the player has previously expressed their desire to play in Los Angeles.
The latter isn’t true for A.D. — at least not that we know of — and it might not ever be, but all the chatter surrounding him and the Lakers is probably enough for the Pelicans to not want to move him there.
That could always change, but for right now it’s looking like Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma are staying put on their respective teams.