Lakers Rumors: Kyle Kuzma to be sidelined at least one week

Lakers Rumors: Kyle Kuzma to be sidelined at least one week

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the 38-year-old is set to be dismissed at the end of the campaign, which will presumably see the Lakers fail to miss out on the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. They would need to win somewhere close to 15 of those games, and hope that the Los Angeles Clippers or San Antonio Spurs absolutely fall apart in the last few weeks of the regular season.

Hampered by a serious bout with the injury bug, the Lakers come limping into tonight's matchup down Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, and Tyson Chandler all at best questionable for the matchup against Denver. On the off chance that the Lakers do win the lottery, they might look to trade that selection for Davis. I'll give the Lakers one more chance.

They are now 5.5 games back from the San Antonio Spurs, who now occupy the final playoff spot.

Should the Lakers bring in one of these stars to play alongside LeBron James and their young core continues to develop, this could actually be a serious contender in the Western Conference come next season.

Confidence was so high among oddsmakers that the Westgate SuperBook had the Lakers odds of making the playoffs prior to the season at -450 and +350 to miss. He comes in, they don't get the second guy, and now they're going to have a losing record and miss the playoffs.

Head coach Luke Walton had only eight active bodies for an on-court practice session on Tuesday. "Matter of fact, a lot of (expletives) got to go - starting with the coach", Dogg said.

But Melas believes that James' Lakers team this season has been significantly worse than his previous years, so it isn't as bad that he is missing the playoffs this year. After opening the season sincerely telling everyone who would listen that he had "the best job in the league", Walton sounds now like a man trying to make the most of his last days.

"That conversation hasn't occurred, but I'm sure it can happen soon", James told ESPN.

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