Report: Wizards Maintain High Asking Price for Kyle Kuzma

Kuzma possesses qualities that could make him a valuable addition to any contending team seeking to strengthen their roster during the upcoming offseason. However, the Wizards are unlikely to part ways with him without a significant effort from interested parties.
Anna Ciao
By: Anna Ciao

The Washington Wizards had a highly disappointing season, finishing with a dismal 15-67 record, second-worst in the NBA for the 2023-2024 season. Unfortunately for Wizards fans, there are no clear indications of an immediate brighter future for the team.

One of the most notable aspects of the Wizards' season was their failed trade involving Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors. The team took on Poole's significant contract in the hopes that he would thrive as the focal point of their offense. However, Poole failed to meet expectations, with his numbers actually declining compared to his production with the Warriors. He scored fewer points, had fewer assists per game, and struggled with lower shooting percentages both from the field and beyond the arc. This disappointing performance led to Poole being benched for a considerable stretch toward the end of the season, despite being expected to be the team's top player and leading scorer.

Surprisingly, it was Kyle Kuzma who emerged as the Wizards' best player. While being the top player on one of the league's weakest rosters may not be a significant achievement, Kuzma stepped up as the team's primary scoring option when someone had to take charge on offense.

According to NBA insider Brett Siegel, despite three seasons with the Wizards and a productive campaign this past year, the team is in no rush to part ways with the twenty-eight-year-old combo forward. This suggests that the Wizards value Kuzma's contributions and see him as an asset moving forward.

Kuzma is committed to the Washington Wizards for the next three years as he still has time left on his 4-year contract worth $90 million.

Cost-Benefit Of Acquiring Kuzma

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the basketball world, it's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that Kuzma is a former NBA champion. He earned this prestigious title as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2020 NBA Playoffs, which took place in the unique bubble environment. Since joining the Washington Wizards, Kuzma has shown continuous improvement and growth in his game, proving himself to be an even more formidable player.

Kuzma's 23–24 Stats

Category

Stats

PPG

22.2

RPG

6.6

APG

4.2

FG%

46.3

3P%

33.6

 

Kuzma had an exceptional season with the Washington Wizards, achieving career-high averages in both points and assists per game. Remarkably, he achieved these milestones while playing fewer minutes per game compared to his previous seasons with the team, averaging just 32.6 minutes on the court.

At the prime of his career, Kuzma possesses the ability to make a significant impact as a high-caliber starter for a team aiming to contend in the upcoming season. However, it is worth considering that his impressive statistics could be influenced by being the primary scoring option on a struggling team.

The Wizards are likely aware of this dynamic and may be looking to capitalize on Kuzma's value in order to bolster their ongoing rebuilding efforts. While it is reasonable to argue that Kuzma could command at least one first-round draft pick in a potential trade, expecting multiple first-rounders might be ambitious.

Undeniably, Kuzma can provide valuable contributions to any championship-hopeful team in the next season. However, interested teams might need to exercise patience and wait for the asking price to cool down before securing his services.

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Anna Ciao
Written by: Anna Ciao
Anna Ciao is a sports content contributor at Betimate. Born and raised in a rural village in China, I have had a passion for football and various sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, from a young age. Along with diligent studies, I achieved an IELTS score of 8.0 in the English language, and I have become a content contributor specializing in sports, particularly football, as I am today. I hope that my articles are helpful to readers.

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