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1 Big Reason Kyle Kuzma Is Happy To Be Off The Lakers

1 Big Reason Kyle Kuzma Is Happy To Be Off The Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Kyle Kuzma to the Washington Wizards in the deal that saw Russell Westbrook come home to LA.

At the time, it seemed like Kuzma wasn’t particularly happy with how everything went down. He made salty comment after salty comment regarding it.

In the months since, Kuzma seems to have warmed up to his change in circumstance. Playing in D.C., away from LeBron James and Anthony Davis, has permitted him to take a more central role in the Wizards’ offense.

Kuzma is currently playing his most minutes, putting up his most shot attempts, and scoring his most points since 2018. In the process, he has helped lead the Wizards to a 10-4 mark – the best in the Eastern Conference.

This past week Kuzma appeared on ESPN’s “NBA Today” and revealed one big reason he was happy to be off the Lakers.

“It’s very fun obviously,” he said. “From an individual standpoint, this is kind of what I wanted. An opportunity just to not be in someone’s shadows or have that type of logjam [from] a roster standpoint.

“Being here has been extremely fun,” Kuzma added. “I have the opportunity to come in and lead and use my championship mentality and everything I’ve learned from those two guys out in L.A. [LeBron James and Anthony Davis]. It’s been wonders for my career, and I think people are seeing that now.”

Kuzma is averaging 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this year. That’s quite the difference from riding the bench in LA last year.

This past summer, shortly after he was traded, Kuzma made a bold pledge regarding his future. So far, he seems to be living up to it.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.

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