This past offseason Kyle Kuzma was traded to the Washington Wizards in the deal that brought Russell Westbrook to LA.
As it turns out, that move was the best thing that could have happened to the 26-year-old.
While LA is desperately trying to undo that debacle of a trade, Kuzma has quietly put together a fantastic season. The best campaign he has had in three years, in fact. Currently he is averaging 13.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The latter is a career high and the former is his best figure since 2018. In addition, his Wizards sit at 15-13 on the year – the same exact record as LA.
Given how well his 2021 campaign has gone, Kuzma is understandably feeling himself. And that confidence was on full display this week when he decided to take a little shot at the Lakers on Twitter.
Here y’all go again https://t.co/IFYJQJ6BkO
— kuz (@kylekuzma) December 13, 2021
Kuzma’s reaction is totally understandable. The Lakers played the exact same game with him last year. After a lot of hype and chatter about what a promising young talent he was, the trade talks began. They were absolutely relentless right up until the moment Kuzma ultimately got dealt.
No wonder he is experiencing déjà vu.
Kuzma was on the receiving end of a lot of slander towards the end of his Lakers run. It led to bitterness and a strong desire on his part to leave town.
LeBron James’ treatment of him obviously didn’t help matters any.
Impressive stuff. https://t.co/p5mNh0dB7Y
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 12, 2021
And now the same thing is happening with Horton-Tucker.
Regardless of whether the Lakers ultimately get something done for Horton-Tucker or not prior to the trade deadline, clearly Kuzma is glad to be as far away from that whole circus as humanly possible.
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