Kyle Kuzma recently inked a three-year contract extension with the Los Angles Lakers worth $40 million, but that shouldn’t prevent teams to come calling about the fourth-year power forward out of the University of Utah. Kuzma recently became an NBA champion with the Lakers last season and he has proven himself to be one of the best sixth men and occasional starters in the NBA.
Kuzma does bring a lot of upside with him, which is why the Lakers inked him to a three-year contract extension, but he certainly does have some tradable qualities about him. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the NBA, if your name isn’t LeBron James or Steph Curry, you’re not safe from potentially being dealt if the right call comes through.
He has spent four seasons in the NBA since being drafted back in 2017 by the Brooklyn Nets. In those four seasons, Kuzma has averaged 15.9 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, and he’s shot nearly 45 percent from the floor and only turned it over 1.8 times per game.
The talented forward has seemed to underperform a bit since he signed his mega extension, which is bringing his name up in trade rumors. Many fans are torn as to whether they should dump his contract off on another team before it’s too late, or whether or not they should keep him around and form a solid nucleus with Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroeder, and Montrezl Harrell.
Regardless, his name will continue to be in trade conversations until he’s either traded or gets more playing time, so here’s three reasons why the Lakers should still consider dealing him.