The Los Angeles Lakers traded Kyle Kuzma to the Washington Wizards this past offseason in the move that allowed them to acquire Russell Westbrook.
During Wizards media day this week, Kuzma opened up about what happened between him and LA.
As it turns out, Kuzma isn’t salty about how things transpired at all. In fact, according to his recent statements, he wanted the Lakers to move him.
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“For me, wanting to get traded, and be in a type of situation where I can really spread my wings and develop a certain type of trajectory that I was on prior,” Kuzma said.
Kuzma’s divorce from the Lakers is a complex matter. Since the trade, he has made multiple comments which seem to signal that he and LeBron James didn’t part on the best of terms. The phrase ‘little ass kid’ was even thrown around.
Beyond his relationship with James, Kuzma also seemed irritated with how head coach Frank Vogel had ultimately treated him.
Russell Wilson stays winning. https://t.co/30J5QQ1yvQ
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 30, 2021
Although the 26-year-old is clearly trying to play getting traded off, he seems pretty bitter about it.
Hopefully Kuzma can ultimately settle in with the Wizards and rediscover some of the success he had early in his career. Because this time around, he won’t have James, Vogel and the Lakers to blame for his shortcomings if he doesn’t.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.