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This season has gone according to plan so far for the Los Angeles Lakers. They are in the hunt for a title, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are playing terrific and the team is winning. But for 3rd-year power forward Kyle Kuzma, this season has been nothing short of underwhelming for the budding star.

The year is 2019, the date: June 12th. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka calls newly crowned New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin:

Rob Pelinka: John 3:16, Chapter 3, verse 16. ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

David Griffin: Just once Rob I wish you would say Hi or Hello… wait… Are you comparing me to God and Anthony Davis to Jesus Rob?

RP: No….. biblical quotes are just…. you know… kinda my thing.

DG:  Whatever dude. I’m guessing you’re calling about Anthony again? The price hasn’t changed we want Lonzo, Brandon, Josh, Kyle, a bunch of picks and the rights to your next child.

RP: Hmmmm……. Kuz is a no go.

DG: Why keep Kuz? You would be getting Anthony Davis, they play the same position?

RP: We just love his mental make up. 

DG: Wouldn’t it make more sense to keep Brandon or Lonzo? You don’t have many play-makers outside of LeBron.

RP: MENTAL MAKE-UP!!!!!!!!

DG: (Hangs up)

RP: Hello? Hello?????

Well, that’s what I took from Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times tweet.

The trade has since gone through and the Los Angeles Lakers stuck to their guns and kept Kyle Kuzma.

Keeping Brandon Ingram or Lonzo Ball made more sense for the purple and gold as they are both capable play-makers, both are good defenders and each has significant upside.

Kuzma is now the final disciple of the young core era.

Next: Kuzma Upside