“You Couldn’t Live with Your Own Failure, Where Did that Bring You? Back to Me.”
That is likely what a former playing is saying after finding out the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in putting him back on the team after shipping him out in 2021.
The Los Angeles Lakers are staying active in the trade market and rumors are beginning to heat up. The Lakers though have called a familiar team for a familiar face. Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report reported this week Lakers recently inquired about Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma:
“Sources told me that the Lakers did inquire about Kyle Kuzma. And we have to understand Kuzma’s situation in Washington. So, Kyle Kuzma has a player option. He can decline that option and hit free agency, which I believe that will be the case. Things happen, there’s still a long season to play out, but as of right now, yes, that is the plan to decline that option. But, from what I was told, the Lakers reached out, inquired about Kyle Kuzma. The Washington Wizards really love Kyle Kuzma. They especially love to pair him with Porzingis and Brad Beal. The Washington Wizards, when you talk about the general manager over there who runs things over there Tommy Sheppard, he has a track record of taking care of his players who perform well. So the Wizards are not going to give Kyle Kuzma up for cheap. They really covet him. They’re definitely going to be open to signing him to a long term extension, but anything is possible.”
Kuzma is enjoying a career year averaging 21 points on 45% shooting from the field. He’s been a consistent scorer for the Wizards, but Haynes pointed out the Lakers may struggle to crack a deal to acquire Kuzma.
The Wizards have won one game since Nov. 28 and will likely demand at least one of the Lakers’ first-round picks. To get this deal done, the Lakers reportedly are leaning toward a smaller deal including Patrick Beverley and Kendrick Nunn, whose salaries would work in a potential deal for Kuzma.
The irony in the team now wanting Kuzma back is not lost on anybody.
With that being said, a report previously stated that Kyle Kuzma wants out of Washington.
“He wants out,” an NBA source said, per Bleacher Report. “He’s looking for over $20 million a season and in a big market [or with a contender].”
The Lakers have been mentioned in various trade rumors already this season and it’s just a matter of when they pull the trigger to make something happen.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.