The summer of 2019 saw the Los Angeles Lakers make a move that changed the trajectory of their franchise. After drafting well with lottery picks in the late-Kobe era of the team. With a roster full of young pieces and draft assets, the team signed LeBron James in 2018 as a free agent.
After a season where the Lakers missed the playoffs because of the core outside LeBron being young and losing momentum after a groin injury, the team decided to send a monster package to New Orleans for Anthony Davis. The Lakers sent multiple picks and talented youngsters in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart to the Pelicans.
Kyle Kuzma was spared from the purge and went on to win a championship with AD and LeBron in the 19-20 season. Kuzma spoke about what being the one player chosen to stay for the championship roster meant to him.