NBA Rumor: Kyle Kuzma Injury

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But the ESPN reporter goes on to add how Kuzma’s contract, along with DeMarcus Cousins’ injury and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s no-trade clause makes it difficult for the Lakers to do some business. “When you talk to the Lakers, according to some teams I’ve talked to, Kyle Kuzma is available,” he said on ESPN. “It doesn’t mean that they are saying, ‘will you take Kyle Kuzma off our hands’. “But if you want Kyle Kuzma, he is available right now.The challenge is he makes $2million.

Dave McMenamin: Kyle Kuzma says he tried to persuade the medical staff to clear him to return to the OKC game after he was scratched in the eye. “God gave me two eyes for a reason,” he says. He expects to play Friday.

Kyle Kuzma to miss the start of training camp?

Marc Stein: The more pressing concern for the Lakers, though, is Kuzma’s recent foot injury that forced him to withdraw from @usabasketball duty at the @fibawc , with his recovery said to be progressing slower than hoped. The Lakers increasingly fear Kuzma will not be ready for the start of training camp as his left foot continues to heal, league sources say. LA”s first two practices are Saturday. Left “ankle soreness” was the official listed diagnosis in August when Kuzma was sent home from Team USA’s exhibition tour in Australia

Lakers coach Luke Walton noticed how Kyle Kuzma’s body movement looked restricted and removed his young forward to determine how much longer Kuzma could be effective against the physical play of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kuzma acknowledged after Thursday night’s game that he’s been “dealing with a little hip strain” for the past week that has impeded his motion. He rejected thoughts of resting because the Lakers have been shorthanded and he figured he could play through the pain. “I just don’t like to sit out games,” said Kuzma, who hopes to play Sunday against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. “But it’s a little give and take. I’m a little hard-headed sometimes, but I gotta see what’s right and what’s wrong.”

None of that mattered to Walton when he saw that Kuzma “didn’t look right.” Walton first pulled Kuzma after he played 4 minutes and 26 seconds to start Thursday’s third quarter. Kuzma returned with 10:39 left in the fourth and wound up playing 28:08, five minutes below his season average. He missed eight of 12 shots, including all four three-pointers, and finished with 10 points. “He didn’t look like he was moving right,” Walton said Thursday night. “He truly loves to compete. I felt like my gut was that he wasn’t able to do what he wanted to do. Now he said he felt fine and he could play, but he didn’t look like his normal self.”
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