NBA: Kuzma could miss start of Lakers camp -- report

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Posted at Sep 26 2019 10:16 AM

Kyle Kuzma (21) of Team USA warms up before the game against the Australia Boomers on August 22, 2019 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Nathaniel S. Butler, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma could miss the start of training camp with a left foot injury, The New York Times' Marc Stein reported Tuesday.

Kuzma, 24, was forced to withdraw from Team USA consideration this summer with what was described as an ankle injury.

The Lakers open practice on Saturday amid optimism for an improved season after acquiring All-NBA Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason to pair with LeBron James.

Los Angeles finished the 2018-29 season at 37-45 and out of the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

The 6-foot-9 Kuzma, entering his third NBA season, was a key contributor for the Lakers last season, averaging 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He missed several games at the end of the season with left foot tendinitis.

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