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Kyle Kuzma expected to be out until mid-October, still isn’t fully cleared

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his third three pointer during a 108-107 win over the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on January 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers are expecting Kyle kuzma to contribute quite a bit during this upcoming season. LeBron James and Anthony Davis didn’t get a third star over the offseason, and so kuzma will need to fill in the gaps best he can.

That, and the rest of the Lakers roster just isn’t very good.

Kuzma has been dealing with a left leg injury, and it appears that he is making some progress as we look toward the preseason. However, a recent update from the team says that Kuzma will likely be out until mid-October.

Via Lakers:

Kuzma is progressing with his rehabilitation from an injury (stress reaction, left foot) that occurred while he was with USA Basketball. He has not been cleared for full practice or game participation. He is scheduled for an MRI when the team returns from China, and a status update will be given at that time.

The Lakers can’t afford to not have Kuzma on the floor for their opening night game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

You don’t want to start the season by rushing somebody back from injury, but Los Angeles is already dangerously thin and they are going to need Kuzma sooner rather than later.That opening night game against the Clippers will be a real contrast in the potential fates of the two L.A. teams if he’s unable to play.