When the NBA #Summer League arrives in a few months, the latest #Los Angeles Lakers rumors suggest that young stars #Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma won’t be involved. The two players are coming off their rookie seasons for L.A. and have achieved mixed reviews over the course of it. One thing was made apparent though, and that is the team is improving thanks to these two stars and the potential for more. Their offseason preparation will end up playing a part in continued success.
Recent comments given by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson shed some light on why Ball and Kuzma won’t take part in the Summer League.
According to Lake Show Life, Magic mentioned the focus will be to keep working out with weights, and on improving their basketball skills, rather than competing in Vegas. That makes sense as it will also help both players potential avoid possible injury during a summer game.
Interestingly, Lonzo Ball previously indicated he would play if the Lakers wanted him to, but now it seems this will be a time for the young emerging star to work on the aspects of his game he needs to. That could include his jump shot which has often been criticized.
Ball shot at a rate of just 36 percent from the field for his rookie season, averaging 10.2 points per game. However, he was an overall playmaker who also provided over seven assists a contest and hauled in about seven rebounds a game. That gives him the look of a future triple-double machine similar to Jason Kidd just like many analysts compared him to before his rookie campaign.
While much of the hoopla and hype coming into this past season for the Lakers was about Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma emerged as a true scoring option that not many people had expected. The rookie power forward averaged over 16 points per game and shot at a rate of 45 percent from the field. He was also the team’s third-best rebounder, ranking behind Julius Randle and Ball this season. Kuzma seems to have a good bit of upside in terms of future potential and working on his craft this summer can only boost his abilities.
The Los Angeles Lakers stayed competitive throughout the season, as they were part of the playoff chase up until several weeks ago but failed to qualify. The team finished at 35-47 and is now looking towards adding some major superstars to the roster over the summer. Lakers rumors continue to point towards LeBron James and Paul George as NBA free agent signings, but there are other possibilities.
With that said, the Lakers’ future is looking bright behind Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, even if they aren’t able to add the marquee players they want during the offseason.