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Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart promise the Lakers will end their playoff drought this season, joke about tampering

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Lakers rookies Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart also had some jokes and advice for fans about the upcoming summer.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have the fourth-longest active playoff drought in the NBA and the longest one in their franchise history after not cracking the postseason since a 2013 first-round loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma are here to tell you that futility is at an end.

After the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and kicked off what is almost sure to be a full month of rumors about LeBron James’ free agency intentions, Kuzma took to Twitter with a warning for fans not to believe everything they hear:

However, he also wanted to let Lakers fans know that this was going to be the last summer for a while in which thirsting for free agents is going to overshadow the basketball product the purple and gold put on the floor.

Kuzma is ready to help the team end their postseason drought:

Josh Hart also hopped on Twitter, and for once not to roast Kuzma, but to endorse his sentiment:

And speaking of free agency, Hart said he won’t talk about it, but seemed to wink at big things potentially inbound in a tweet that will fuel the exact type of clickbait Kuzma warned about:

The Lakers won 35 games this season, their highest total since their last postseason appearance, and with the way Hart and Kuzma outperformed expectations last year, the team appears to be on the verge of climbing back into the playoffs.

And with a little bit better injury luck, some internal development, and a few free agency signings, this team appears set to make it back to the postseason, so it’s hard to fault Kuzma and Hart for being confident.

Even if that confidence will only fuel the exact type of clickbait Kuzma warns about.

All stats per NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.