The Los Angeles Lakers have to be ok with the place they stand heading into the 2020-21 season. They reloaded their roster with a number of influence players, re-signed Anthony Davis, prolonged LeBron James and are already pegged because the favorites to return away with the 2021 NBA championship.
Aside from including gifted players like Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol, Los Angeles additionally re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Markieff Morris. Head coach Frank Vogel could have robust selections to make relating to lineups and minutes, however it’s a good downside to have.
Lost within the shuffle of the new additions is Kyle Kuzma, who additionally flashed how he can contribute on a championship-caliber team. Kuzma stepped up on the defensive end and confirmed he might hit shots when given the chance to take action.
Kuzma is extension-eligible this offseason and supplied a slight replace on the place he and the Lakers stand on the matter. “We’ve talked,” Kuzma mentioned. “It’s obviously just talks between my agent and the organization. They’re working through things, so we’ll see.”
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Lakers Vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka lately got here out and mentioned the team is open to an extension when the time is true. There is a little bit of a deadline as Kuzma and the Lakers received’t be capable of sign an extension after Dec. 21.
Should that date pass, they might want to wait till the offseason, when Kuzma would develop into a restricted free agent.
It is anybody’s guess as to what Kuzma can be price in free agency, however Los Angeles ought to strongly contemplate re-signing the forward as they don’t have many youthful prospects on the roster.
Also, signing Kuzma to another contract would give the entrance workplace another trade chip within the occasion another influence player might be had.