Kyle Kuzma

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  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

    Of course it's good to see Kuzma making progress, but it's just eight days until the Lakers' season opener. This has the makings of a slow and frustrating start for those that draft Kuzma, but he could still be worth a last pick if you have IL slots available.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction), who remains out, has been doing solo on-court wort and reportedly is moving well and getting full extension on his jumper.

    Kuzma's return timeline is still a bit murky, and there is a real chance that he misses part of the regular season. We will know more about his status when the Lakers return back to the states.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Tania Gangui of the LA Times believes there is a "good chance" Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) will miss part of the regular season.

    Frankl Vogel says that they will see where Kuzma is at when they return from their trip to China and hopes that he could get cleared after that but cautioned that, "We’ll be smart still.” This means the next Kuzma update should be in about a week but there is still a chance he is cleared before the regular season begins.

    Source: LA Times

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) was shooting threes today, but they were one-legged so that he could keep pressure off of his injured foot.

    Kuzma is dealing with a stress reaction, and there isn't a clear timetable for his return at this point. We should have more information shortly as he's scheduled for a follow-up MRI in mid-October. Kuzma is likely to find himself in a bench role, and could have a tough time putting up numbers worthy of a top-100 pick (something he has yet to do on a per-game basis).

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twiiter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Despite some concerning reports about his recovery from a stress reaction in his left foot, Kyle Kuzma is "optimistic" that he will make an apperance during training camp.

    This is a positive update from Kuzma in comparison to yesterday's announcement from the Lakers declaring Kuzma to be out indefinitely. He is currently able to swim and bike but is not up for running. An MRI is still slated for when he returns from the Lakers' trip to China. As he is planning to participate in training camp hopefully he is able to avoid missing any games, but nothing is certain at this point.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have announced that Kyle Kuzma is out indefinitely as he continues to recover from a stress reaction in his left foot.

    He's slated to undergo an MRI when the Lakers return from their preseason trip to China, which means he won't be cleared until mid-October at the earliest. Kuzma missed time with Team USA as a result of reported left ankle soreness, and in recent days it was reported that the Lakers were worried that Kuz wouldn't be ready for the start of camp. This is another step in the wrong direction for Kuzma, and this is the sort of injury that can take a long time to heal. His fantasy stock is trending down — and he was overvalued to begin with — but if he can get cleared for the regular season then he'll be a late-round source of points and threes. Should Kuzma miss time into the season, it'll open up more minutes for JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard with Anthony Davis able to play more power forward, while guys like Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could slide down to small forward more often.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers increasingly fear that Kyle Kuzma will not be ready for the start of training camp as his left foot continues to heal, according to Marc Stein of the NY Times.

    Kuzma suffered a foot injury while with Team USA and missed the FIBA Basketball World Cup but not much information has appeared regarding the nature of his injury. He is reportedly recovering slower than expected and he may be forced to miss the first few practices with the Lakers as training camp starts this Saturday. Kuzma is expected to compete for a starting gig but the injury might hold him back while his usage is likely to take a hit this year with Anthony Davis now in Los Angeles.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.

    Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma is out for Team USA's tuneup up game vs. Australia with a sore left ankle.

    Kuzma is being held out of this one for precautionary reasons. There's clearly no need for USA Basketball to risk him further injuring the sore ankle. This does not sound like a serious injury and should not affect his fantasy ADP on draft day.

    Source: USA Basketball on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma is prepared to compete for a spot in the Lakers' starting lineup and isn't worried about the possibility of coming off the bench.

    Kuzma said, "Bench, whatever, I’m still going to get my game off regardless." He started at power forward last season but the Lakers have undergone tons of change, bringing in a new starting frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. That means that if Kuzma starts, he'll likely need to do so out of his natural position at small forward, which would require him to beat out players like Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Bench or not, Kuzma will definitely see a decline in usage, which is bad news considering how hollow his stat set is. He was just a late-round player last season and could slide a bit further given his new teammates.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Kyle Kuzma
    F, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have not wanted to include their third year forward, Kyle Kuzma, in a trade package for Anthony Davis but the Pelicans may may hold off on a potential trade until he is included.

    The speculation surrounding a potential Anthony Davis trade has been swirling around the NBA ever since he demanded a trade earlier this season. The Lakers have always been seen as the front-runners and were rumored to have offered Kuzma at the deadline. However, it seems that they are trying to keep Kuzma out of a potential deal for as long as they can. If the Pelicans do insist that Kuzma must be included to make the deal work, expect the Lakers to oblige. A Davis trade will most likely happen before the draft on June 20th.

    Source: Tania Ganguli

  • Kyle Kuzma
    F, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma’s season ended with his sixth consecutive absence due to left foot tendinitis on Tuesday.

    Kuzma also missed two games with a right ankle sprain, two with a left hip strain and two more with a bruised back. He took on more of a scoring load towards the end of the year when LeBron James and Brandon Ingram were sidelined and ended up posting a career-high 18.5 points per game on the season. Kuzma’s stat set still relies too heavily on volume, but he did manage to increase his overall efficiency from .450 to .456 even as his 3-point shooting dipped from .366 to .303. Add it all up and he delivered top-110/130 per-game value and top-110/120 total value. The hype seems larger than the production with Kuzma, as it does for most Lakers, so until he starts rounding out his game he’s not one of our preferred fantasy targets.

  • Kyle Kuzma
    F, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (left foot peroneal tendinitis) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Blazers.

    Kuzma missed the previous five games, so it'll be more of the same for the Lakers front court.

    Source: NBA.com