Kyle Kuzma has received some nice opportunities to step up and do bigger things for the Lakers lately.

And he delivered.

Here’s the Los Angeles Times reporting:

His immense value to the Lakers was on display over the weekend, when Kyle Kuzma stepped up to fill a big void and delivered dazzling performances, each more impressive than the last.

He started in place of the injured Anthony Davis (bruised backside) Friday at Dallas and scored a season-high 26 points in a 129-114 win, the Lakers’ seventh straight. Then Kuzma followed that with another high of 36 points Saturday at Oklahoma City, with Davis and LeBron James (flu-like symptoms) both out, leading a 125-110 win.

Naturally, Kuzma was asked if his inspired play had anything to do with his name coming up in trade speculation.

“Nah, that’s for y’all to talk about,” Kuzma said Saturday night.

This is yet another positive indication of just how serious a championship contender this Lakers squad is for 2020.