Kyle Kuzma gave the Los Angeles Lakers one of the earliest Christmas gifts in holiday history on Wednesday. He’s set to make his return to action. The forward completed practice with their G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, and his injured foot responded accordingly. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium was the first to report:
Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will make his season debut on Friday against the Mavericks in Dallas, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Positive sign, as Kuzma will be eased back into Lakers rotation.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 30, 2019
His arrival couldn’t come at a better time, as the team embarks on their first road-trip of the year. The Lakers are coming off of three straight victories since the opening of the season against the crosstown Clippers. Kuz’s ease into the rotation should provide the team with a scoring punch that they’ll need when resting LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Davis favored his right shoulder during a historic 40-point, 20 rebound effort against the Grizzlies. Opportunities to allow him to nurse this nagging injury are crucial.
This will mark Kuz’s first action since his time with Team USA over the summer.