Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma opens up about contract situation
With the NBA dealing with massive revenue losses due to the suspension of the season and the prospect of having no fans next season, there’s no telling what contract for players set to hit free agency in the next couple of years will look like. One player that will be directly impacted by this is forward Kyle Kuzma, who has one more year under contract and is expected to get a lucrative deal in Los Angeles or elsewhere when the time comes.
Even though Kuzma is arguably the third-best player on a championship team, the Lakers forward is still playing on his rookie deal and only make about a million more than current rookie Talen Horton-Tucker. Eleven players on the Lakers roster are making more than Kuzma this season, including Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley, Alex Caruso, and Dwight Howard.
During a Zoom call with the media on Wednesday, Kuzma was asked about his contract situation and whether he’s thought about it considering all the uncertainty surrounding future contracts in the NBA.
“I mean, I’m going to get paid regardless, so I don’t really care,” Kuzma said. “It’s going to happen one day, so I don’t think about that.”
Kuzma’s focus is elsewhere, and he’s not worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted his future. Although Kuzma is arguably the most underpaid player on the team and justly so considering the fact he’s still playing on his rookie contract, the Utah product seems to have the right mindset. He knows what he brings to the team and is fully aware that his impact hasn’t gone unnoticed around the league.
During his time in the NBA bubble, Kuzma has the perfect opportunity to put his skills on display in the playoffs for the first time in his career. The postseason is where most players prove their worth and secure their long-term futures.
Although it is uncertain if Kuzma will remain in a Lakers uniform once he hits free agency, he’ll definitely have the opportunity to sign a lucrative long-term deal if able to play a major role during this playoff run as well as next season for Los Angeles.