Kyle Kuzma is hyped to be traded to the Washington Wizards, but he admits he was ready to go to the Sacramento Kings when the Los Angeles Lakers were discussing a deal for Buddy Hield.
In a recent appearance on No Chill With Gilbert Arenas, Kuzma revealed his shock when he learned he was going to be sent to the Wizards in the Lakers’ blockbuster trade for Russell Westbrook. The 26-year-old forward added that his rumored trade for Hield was a “done” deal before the negotiations for Westbrook came fast.
The Lakers eventually chose to send Kuzma to Washington along with Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a pick.
“I was kinda shocked because I thought I was going to Sac. [The trade for] Buddy Hield, that sh*t was done. I’m thinking in my head ‘Okay, well, I’m in Sac’–45-minute flight, not bad. But then out of nowhere, it goes ‘you’re going to Washington,'” Kuzma explained.
Indeed, as previously reported, the Lakers almost traded Kuzma and Harrell to the Kings for Hield. As Zach Lowe of ESPN explained, however, the Westbrook deal “came together fast,” throwing a wrench at the supposed California deal between LA and Sactown.
Not that Kyle Kuzma has any qualms, though. After all, he likes the situation with the Wizards better considering he gets to play alongside a potent scorer in Bradley Beal.
“I was super-hyped, obviously, because it’s a better situation. Going to Sacramento would’ve been fun, I would’ve went crazy for sure. But to have the opportunity to play with Brad Beal–someone that is trying to really be a winner in this league–is just the perfect opportunity,” the former Lakers rising star added.
Kuzma thought he was getting traded to Sacramento 👀
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It would have been interesting to see Kuzma play for the Kings, especially since the franchise is lacking another dominant scorer. Hield’s addition to the Lakers would have been a sight to see as well given the Purple and Gold’s need for a shooter.
Then again, everything seems to have worked well for the Lakers and Kuzma.