Kyle Kuzma has been the most sought-after name on the trade market recently as one of the greatest and most reliable wing scorers in the league this season. There has long been speculation that this will be Kuzma’s final season with the D.C. squad because the Wizards are once again in a precarious position and he will be a free agent following this one.
But during a conversation with John Robbins of The Athletic, Kuzma was open about his future with the Wizards and gave fans a glimpse into his priorities as we head into a hazy summer.
Kyle Kuzma on his future
“For sure. One hundred percent. They showed me love. They have allowed me to have a platform to show my game and show the league I’m not just a role player. I’m someone that’s arriving right now. That’s the biggest thing for me. I want to keep elevating. Having a leadership position, having somewhere where I’m developing and playing my game and my role and I’m getting better every single game — that’s what I care about,” he said.
Kyle Kuzma knows the Wizards are hoping to re-sign him this offseason.
The 27-year-old forward could see a future in D.C. too, he tells @JoshuaBRobbins.
“For anybody to want to keep you long term, that’s a blessing."
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) January 24, 2023
There is no doubt that the Wizards want to keep Kuzma around for the long term, and the trade for Rui Hachimura simply served as additional evidence of this.
Kuzma might leave Washington
Even though the Wizards want to keep Kuz, there is no way of knowing how the offseason will go when he gets offers from several different teams in the NBA.
It appears that the Wizards have chosen to stick onto Kuzma in order to avoid losing him as a free agent for nothing now that Rui Hachimura is gone. Although Kuz seems open to the notion, there are rumors that he wants to succeed in a larger market. With career-high averages of 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, Kuz is finally proving his value in the NBA. Just let’s hope that his style of play translates well wherever he goes.