Transfer rumours, Kyle Kuzma knows about. The former Lakers has often heard his name mentioned at each approach of the « trade deadline », and this season is no exception to the rule.
While his teammate Rui Hachimura has just been sent to the Lakers, against Kendrick Nunn and three second round picks, the 27-year-old winger is also in a situation of possible bargaining chip for the simple reason that he can test the market next July.
As he is due to receive 13 million dollars next season, there is no doubt that he will use his release clause to become an “unprotected free agent”. For the Wizards, it’s obviously additional pressure but the departure of Rui Hachimura is a clear message: they want to extend the former Laker.
“They allowed me to show the whole League that I am not just a role player”
“In six years, I’ve been in transfer rumors five times. I know what it is « , says Kyle Kuzma in The Athletic. “I have already experienced it, I understand how it works. I found myself in the hottest rumors, so now I don’t pay attention to it. I am vaccinated. It does not bother me. Frankly, there is not much that bothers me at this stage of my life.
Indisputable holder, especially since the departure of Rui Hachimura, Kyle Kuzma intends to continue his momentum to convince Washington to extend it. At worst, he will pay for his services elsewhere, but the federal capital seems to have his priority.
» Sure. They showed me their affection. They allowed me to show my game and show the whole League that I’m not just a “role player”. I’m a rising player right now. I want to continue to progress, and have responsibilities. I want to play in a team where I can play my game and improve every game. »
His 30 points to beat Dallas last night