The LA Clippers’ divisional rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, may make a deal involving Kyle Kuzma and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Trade season is not starting in a way that LA Clippers’ fans will enjoy. According to a rumor today by Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings discussed a deal involving Kyle Kuzma and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
According to Stein, the Kings reached out about the price of Kuzma, as he has apparently been made available. The Kings were told the price would be at least Bogdan Bogdanovic who is on the last year of his current deal, along with other compensation.
Bogdanovic has discussed that he is unhappy in Sacramento, so the Lakers likely won’t be the only team to call about him. The 27-year-old is a sharpshooter, averaging 14.5 points per game on 42.6% shooting, including making 38.3% of his 6.9 attempts per game from deep.
Giving him up, even as an expiring contract, seems like an overpay for Kuzma. While Kuzma is a solid young piece, he’s a poorer shooter and plays the four position, something Sacramento does not have any sort of need for.
With shooting being such a commodity in the league, the Kings could probably get better, especially considering Bogdanovic being included would just be the starting point of a potential deal.
How does this matter to the LA Clippers? If this deal were to go through, the Lakers would look a whole lot scarier. LeBron James and Anthony Davis would be surrounded by more shooting and an offensive lineup of James, Bogdanovic, Danny Green, Davis and one of their centers (JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard) would be a nightmare. Giving James and Davis more shooting might be what the doctor ordered and could make the already tough Lakers an even harder opponent in a seven-game series.
Outside of that, the Clippers won’t be involved in any sort of deal for Bogdanovic. He provides similar play to that of Landry Shamet, who has already had trouble finding consistent offense off the bench. Instead, expect the Clippers to continue to pursue players like Marcus Morris (even if we don’t like it) and Jae Crowder.
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