Kyle Kuzma is coming off a powerful bounce-back campaign with the Washington Wizards in 2021-22.
Fresh off a 12 months with the Los Angeles Lakers where his stock hit all-time low, Kuzma stepped up and recorded his highest points per game total in three years, best rebounding numbers ever and a career-high in steals per game.
Clearly the 27-year-old is entering the 2022-23 NBA season with momentum, but there’s legitimate debate about whether the Wizards are the suitable place for him.
Should the front office resolve that it might be in everyone’s best interest to go a distinct way, three solid trade suitors exist for Kuzma’s services.
This week, a Western Conference executive spoke with NBA insider Sean Deveney and offered some intriguing thoughts on where Kuzma could go.
The teams that were brought up included the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.
“Brooklyn, I don’t think they’re done,” the exec said.
“They like their young guys but let’s face it, the clock on this team is running short, they usually have to win now. Cam Thomas or Day’Ron Sharpe, someone like that might be a draw for the Wizards.”
Kuzma’s experience with the Los Angeles Lakers, being a task player on a highly-combustible championship team, would likely serve him well with the Nets.
“The Bulls are, again, available in the market for depth on the position so there’s a possibility, though they are not looking for to mess with the posh tax either,” the exec continued.
“But that may very well be a Coby White destination. Dallas is just attempting to improve players across the board. They will hand over an unprotected pick for him and match up the salaries. Kyle’s still fairly young, and that has appeal for a team like Dallas.”
This has been a busy summer for Kuzma. Between working on his game and fun times along with his girl, the person hasn’t had much time to rest.
Where will he ultimately be playing come the tip of next season?
Time will tell.