Ever since being drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Kuzma has constantly found himself in the headlines.
In his rookie season, he took the league by storm by playing way above his expectations.
Then, LeBron James arrived and Kuz was at the constant forefront of trade rumors.
In this past season, he died his hair blonde and received a lot of feedback through social media.
Despite all of that, Kyle Kuzma can say it was all worth it as he is now an NBA champion.
However, he may not be apart of the defending champions come January, when the NBA plans on rebooting.
Lakers Have Headlined Many Trade Rumors
Coming fresh off their 17th NBA Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten right to work on improving this roster.
They have been at the forefront of many different trade rumors circulating around many different players.
Originally, it was reported that the Lakers could pursue free agent big man, Danilo Gallinari.
Rumors about a potential Bradley Beal deal presented it self after it was reported that Beal purchased a new home in Los Angeles.
As of late, it’s been reported by many sources that the Lakers are looking into acquiring Thunder PG, Chris Paul.
According to a league executive on the possibility of the Lakers pursuing a Chris Paul trade;
“Chris Paul would love to come back to L.A. I know it would be a dream come true for Chris…I know LeBron loves and trusts him, and he would be a good fit.”
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 15, 2020
Whatever option the Lakers pursue, it seems that they will most likely move on from 25-year-old, Kyle Kuzma.
The Lakers are trying to fill in the void of having a solidified third scorer; a title that Kuzma failed to achieve.
The Lakers are somewhat cap struck at the moment with Anthony Davis planning on signing a long term deal.
JaVale McGee and Avery Bradley have player options while the other impending UFA’s rank among the names of: Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris.
Kyle Kuzma Has Been Here Before
Ever since LeBron James arrived in Los Angeles, Kyle Kuzma’s name has been circulating in trade rumors.
The Kyle Kuzma trade rumors have gained traction. 👀
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 10, 2020
Kuz’s name has always been swirling around as it seems the Lakers have been trying to ship him out since he arrived.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 5, 2020
During this past season, Kuzma showed he put in a lot of work trying to improve on the defensive end.
In fact, the Lakers proved they do not need Kuzma to be the third scorer in order for them to win the NBA Championship.
But, on the same token, the Lakers know they need a legit 3rd scorer moving forward if they want to repeat.
Kuzma is up for his rookie extension this offseason.
Accordingly, the Lakers can extend him, trade him, or allow him to play this year out on his contract and have him prove his worth to this team.
But, it is seeming more likely than not, that a Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma trade package is imminent in this offseason.NEXT: Bradley Beal's Wife Sparks Los Angeles Lakers Trade Rumors