Report: Lakers have offered Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to almost every team in NBA

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Report: Lakers have offered Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to almost every team in NBA
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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market to upgrade the roster through trades, but there aren’t many trade chips on the roster to work with.

Los Angeles used most of its coveted assets in the deal to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, so there’s little wiggle room for the who and what the Lakers can include in a possible trade.

Two of the best options L.A. can offer from a salary standpoint are Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Kuzma has a $13 million extension kicking in this season and will last the next three years while Caldwell-Pope will also make $13 million this upcoming season, as his deal is backloaded.

Beyond those two, Montrezl Harrell has a $9.7 player option L.A. could use in a trade, and recent reports suggest he’s leaning towards opting in.

Los Angeles’ most prized asset is Talen Horton-Tucker, but he’s a restricted free agent and his future with L.A. isn’t clear yet. The Lakers also possess the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.

But as L.A. scours the market for upgrades, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported L.A. has offered Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope to almost every team in the league, courtesy of Jacob Rude of SB Nation:

“They have literally offered Kyle Kuzma and KCP to almost…almost every team I’ve talked to in the league has been offered some combination of Kuz and KCP, sometimes both of them, one of them. And that’s not going to get them back a point guard of Dennis’ [Schroder] stature.”

The newest report involves Buddy Hield joining the Lakers while Kuzma would go the other way to the Sacramento Kings in a potential package, though no other players/assets were included in the report.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Lakers can pull off a deal for upgrades if teams around the league aren’t budging for Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers don’t have the cap space to outright sign players for large amounts, apart from the $9.5 million taxpayer MLE it has.

The NBA draft, slated for July 29, could have more movement involved.

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