25-year-old Kyle Kuzma is at the moment the Lakers’ longest-tenured player, however his future in Los Angeles has been shrouded unsure because the arrival of LeBron James in 2018.
While he has but to be traded on this offseason, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports thinks the Lakeshow may use him as a “key sign and trade piece” to accumulate a 3rd star in 2021.
“As a free agent in 2021, the Lakers could use Kuzma as a key sign and trade piece. He’ll be eligible for a contract all the way up to the max, but seems more likely to settle in somewhere around $20 million or so. If LA needs him for depth, they’ll re-sign Kuzma and keep him. If not, he could be signed and traded to bring a star to Hollywood or to add two to three players to flesh out the rotation, with $20 million going a long way in salary-matching.”
The Lakers have been on the hunt for a 3rd star since final summer time once they had been among the many two finalists for the services of Kawhi Leonard.
Even with out Kawhi, the Lakers had been capable of get the job accomplished, due to the mixed powers of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But with James turning 36 this month, one has to surprise what number of years he has left as an elite player. If the Lakers have the chance to trade for another star subsequent summer time, it may assist offset James’ decline.
Kuzma, as a restricted free agent, could possibly be the best way for LA to accumulate an asset by way of a sign and trade in a free-agent market that features Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard.