Earlier today, ESPN reported that the Lakers have signed a three-year contract worth $40 million with 25-year-old Kuzma. The last year of the contract is a player option, but Lake shows life is not optimistic about the renewal. Before the season, Kuzma Kuzma average 18.5 rebounds. Kuzma data decline, a very important reason is Anthony Davis and other scorers came. However, it is worth noting that Kuzma’s long shot has not been stable, the rookie season was 36.5%, but the following two seasons were 30.3% and 31.6% respectively.
Kuzma needs to find his own three-point ball and adapt to the current attack mode of the Lakers. He is no longer the core of the team’s attack. If he can grasp those opportunities, he will still be an indispensable part of the team’s attack. If the two superstars know that there is a reliable shooter Kuzma in the bottom corner of the team, then the efficiency of the Lakers will be further improved. Kuzma’s defense has made some progress in the past season, but it is still below the league average. If Kuzma’s defense can continue to improve, he may be worth the Lakers investing so much. Such comments may be offensive, but Kuzma’s performance is not as good as the contract suggests. After the Lakers became a championship team, he never achieved his expectations and became the third star of the team. The team management had to continue to take action and introduce other players to make up. Kuzma is a typical “no three no four” player in the NBA. He has no speed, lacks strength, playing two roles in the front line is very awkward, for a player who is not even half a star, the price the Lakers pay is a little high.
Of course, with an average salary of more than $13 million per season, Kuzma’s salary may not be as bad as Mozgov’s and rolled Deng’s, but he will still affect the flexibility of the team’s future salary. Kuzma’s contract problem is not the amount of money, but the length of the contract. The Lakers gave Kuzma a three-year contract, the third year of which was a player option. In the off-season period, the Lakers also gave James and Anthony Davis a big contract extension. Kuzma’s contract will affect the operation of the team later. In today’s situation, the new contract is in Kuzma’s favor. He will enter the free market at the age of 28, which seems to be at the peak of his career. Throughout the offseason, we’ve heard rumors about Kuzma, but now the Lakers are extending his contract, which is really an interesting situation. The only advantage of this contract for the Lakers is that in the future, it will be easier for the Lakers to trade Kuzma. The new season is not easy for kouzuma. He is likely to face more competition. During the pre-season, another young player of the team, Horton Tucker, has made great progress.
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