After winning the 2020 championship, the presence and absence of many players in the team is also placed in front of the top Lakers, including Kuzma. "Clutch Points" reporter Ashish Mathur wrote an article that also discussed the pros and cons of the Lakers trading Kuzma.
在赢得2020年冠军之后，车队中许多球员的存在和缺席也被置于包括库兹马在内的顶级湖人队的前面。 “关键点”记者Ashish Mathur写了一篇文章，还讨论了湖人交易Kuzma的利弊。
Although he won the 2020 championship with the team, Kuzma will soon find that he will frequently appear in various trading rumors this year's offseason.
In the trade that introduced Anthony Davis in the 2019 offseason, the Lakers packaged away Ball, Ingram and Hart, and Kuzma became the only young player to stay on the team.
Davis’ trade has undoubtedly proved to be a success beyond expectations, but with Zhanmei, Kuzma’s offensive role in the 2019-20 season has dropped sharply. The young player from the University of Utah averaged 12.8 points per game in the regular season this season, making him the Lakers' third scorer. If the Lakers want to find a reliable third scorer in this offseason, such as Paul and Rose, then Kuzma is likely to become a bargaining chip.
In the 2019-20 regular season, Kuzma played in 61 games, averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, shooting 43.6% from the field, 31.6% from the three-pointer, and 73.5% from the free throw. His two-point shooting percentage and playing time have declined compared to the 2018-19 season.
Many Lakers fans are looking forward to General Manager Pelinka's ability to send Kuzma away as soon as possible and get an instant player to partner with Zhanmei. However, many Kuzma supporters believe that it is undoubtedly a stupid move to rush away a 25-year-old, talented young player who has a lot of good times in the future.
If the Lakers decide to send Kuzma away, then what they want is definitely a player of Paul or Rose. At present, Paul and Rose are naturally better players than Kuzma, but Kuzma's career is still very long, and Paul and Rose have reached their twilight years.
The Lakers have to decide whether sending Kuzma away is cost-effective in the long run and whether they can get a satisfactory return, but the Lakers will not get the answer in a short time.
Since being selected by the Lakers, Kuzma played 208 regular season games for the Lakers, averaging 16 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. His not-so-long career's brightest moment was against the Pistons on January 9, 2019. In that game, he scored 41 points in just 29 minutes, shooting 66.7% from the field and 50% from three-pointers.
This game fully demonstrated how Kuzma would behave if he was taken as the first scoring point. After all, James was absent due to a groin injury and Davis had not joined the Lakers.
But if you continue to stay with the Lakers and continue to stay with the Zhan Mei combination, Kuzma will no longer be able to get such a right to fire. On a team without real All-Star players, he can easily average 20 points per game. But compared to these, Kuzma claimed that he cares more about victory.
The Lakers also had to make a decision about Kuzma's future in this offseason. He has the right to renew his contract with the Lakers early this year's offseason, and after winning the championship with the team, he is bound to have more requirements on salary. If this year's offseason fails to reach a contract extension, Kuzma will become a restricted free agent in the 2021 offseason, of course, provided that the Lakers give him a qualification offer.
The Lakers have been associated with Paul and Rose for a long time. With Rondo and Pope also likely to test the free agency market, Pelinka does need to enhance the offensive ability of the back line. In the current Lakers team, Kuzma is the only one with upward momentum and trading value. If the Lakers want to introduce Paul or Rose through a trade, the Thunder and Pistons are bound to ask for Kuzma to be added to the chip.
However, both Rose and Rose are one year old and have a history of injuries, while Kuzma can play without the ball. The Lakers will definitely not want to let the Zhan Mei combination give up the ball, so it is necessary to put more shooters and players who can play off the ball beside them.
Kuzma will enjoy this year's offseason as a member of the championship team, even if it is possible to be traded. The Lakers must carefully weigh the pros and cons of trading Kuzma.