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Kyle Kuzma isn’t letting Kawhi Leonard trade rumors bother him, and doesn’t believe LeBron James and Kevin Durant will team up on the Lakers

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Kyle Kuzma addressed Kawhi Leonard trade rumors, whispers of Kevin Durant and LeBron James teaming up on the Lakers and more in a short, awkward chat with TMZ Sports.

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Kyle Kuzma picked a hell of a first full summer to be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The rookie forward didn’t join the team until almost halfway through the offseason last year when he was drafted, which meant he didn’t have to deal with endless free agency rumors involving names like LeBron James, Paul George and Kevin Durant, or trade rumors involving Kawhi Leonard.

This summer has seen that flip, with seemingly new offseason rumors dropping every day.

Kuzma seems to be handling it all well. When asked by TMZ Sports if rumors (that don’t seem to exist, at least not from any reputable source) that he would be in a potential trade package for Leonard bothered him, Kuzma gave a simple “no.”

And as for whether or not he wants to remain a Laker, Kuzma said “for sure” he does, but he also knows that his future is out of his hands right now.

“I can only control what I can control,” Kuzma said. “And that’s getting better.”

Along those same lines, Kuzma wasn’t going to get overly hyped about rumors that LeBron James could be joining him in Los Angeles next season.

“If he decides to come here, he does, so it will be interesting to see what he does,” Kuzma said.

And while rumors that James texted Durant about playing together with the Lakers have since been shot down by multiple, far-more-reputable reporters than the one who started the rumor, Kuzma had already said he didn’t believe them.

“I don’t know. You never really believe what the media kind of says, so you never really know,” Kuzma said when asked if he believed that James had really texted Durant, and he also thought those reports were too outlandish to be real.

“KD and LeBron? Probably not. That’s a little bit too far-fetched,” Kuzma said.

It turns out that (barring something completely unexpected) he’s probably right, and more importantly, one of the Lakers’ most important young stars doesn’t seem to be letting the craziness of one of the most insane offseasons in recent memory get to him.

All quotes transcribed via TMZ Sports. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.