RUMOR: The harsh reality of Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell’s future with Wizards after Russell Westbrook trade
Former Los Angeles Lakers trio Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have all found a new home with the Washington Wizards following Thursday’s blockbuster deal that sent Russell Westbrook in the opposite direction. By the looks of it, however, not all three players have their futures guaranteed in DC.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, the Wizards are not completely committed to both Kuzma and Harrell right now. As such, they might be heading to a different team in the very near future:
According to a former Western Conference executive, the Wizards highly value Caldwell-Pope but may be open to either Kuzma, Harrell or both rerouted to another team.
If these rumors are true then Kuzma and Harrell might not even make the trip to Washington. It sounds like the Wizards see Caldwell-Pope as part of their plans for the upcoming season, but the same might not be true for Kuz and Montrezl.
For what it’s worth, Kuzma still has three years remaining in his current deal wherein he is set to earn $13 million per season. The 26-year-old still has star potential and it’s very much possible that he is able to emerge as a team’s second (or do I dare say first?) option on offense.
Harrell, on the other hand, just exercised his $9.7 million Player Option for the 2020-21 campaign. He had a rather miserable season with the Lakers last term, but let’s not forget that this man is just one season removed from being the league’s Sixth Man of the Year winner.
Both Kuzma and Harrell have bright futures ahead of them in the NBA. It just might not be with the Wizards.