Kyle Kuzma relied on Kobe Bryant when Knicks' trade rumors flared up


Kobe Bryant has spent 20 years of his NBA career with the Lakers, but has been dealing with numerous trade and free trade rumors during these two decades.

Lakers striker Kyle Kuzma plays a third violin role for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kuzma was only a day away in trade rumors with the NBA deadline and relies on the advice of Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26.

"Kob" kept telling me, "If they don't talk about you, you should be concerned," Kuzma told USA Today after the Lakers won against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center 129-102 on Tuesday.

"And I'm talking about the city."

Kuzma was the untouchable piece the Lakers didn't want to part with when they bought Davis from the Pelicans last season. However, it wasn't a perfect game as the 24-year-old had to shoot less while figuring out how to deal with a lesser role when two massive stars played alongside him.

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Kyle Kuzma was wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey when the Lakers honored him last weekGetty Images

The Knicks, now dangling from Marcus Morris, had conversations with the Lakers for Kuzma, per The athletic,

"I really don't care, honestly," said Kuzma. "You can't control it. I am traded, I am traded. No matter. I will still play basketball. I will still play the game I love. I will still be paid."

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