Kyle Kuzma played for the Los Angeles Lakers his entire career before getting traded to the Washington Wizards in the offseason. The move was a business decision, but it seems Kuzma took it personally after putting up and deleting an Instagram story in what seemed a shade thrown to the Lakers.
Kyle Kuzma’s deleted IG story
New Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma admitted he was shocked at the news of his trade, not because of the deal, but because he expected to go to Sacramento Kings for Buddy Hield. In the podcast "No Chill with Gilbert Arenas," Kyle shared his honest feelings on the trade.
“Man, I was kind of shocked because I thought I was going to Sacramento, like the Sacramento deal with Buddy Hield. Like, that s--- was done… But then out of nowhere, it goes ‘You’re going to Washington.’ But I was super hyped, obviously, because it’s like a better situation.”
Kyle Kuzma, ">No Chill with Gilbert Arenas
His name had been in rumor mills for quite some time, even before the actual trade happened. Kuzma's decline in production irked fans who thought it was better to keep him than Brandon Ingram, who we all know went to become an All-Star in his first year away from L.A.
Kuzma is close friends with his Lakers teammates; LeBron James and Jared Dudley even gave him a sendoff party. It may seem like everything's okay between both parties, but the 4-year veteran put up something interesting on his Instagram story, which he later deleted but not without fans taking a screenshot of it.
This was most likely all in good fun, but every joke has some truth. Don't forget the drama surrounding AD and how LeBron lost the locker room when it became apparent he was pushing to trade all the young players for Davis. Kuzma was the only guy who survived the Davis trade only to get shipped out of L.A. for Westbrook. There are a lot of young guys who may love LeBron James but aren't fans of LeGM James.
What's next for Kuzma?
The next chapter for Kuz is to aim to make the All-Star while in Washington. He should get a lot of minutes with the Wizards, but minus the bright lights and pressure playing for the Lakers brings. Kuzma should fit well with Bradley Beal, who is still searching for his first championship.
In his first game as a Wizard, Kuzma showed he can be the versatile contributor every team needs - 11/15/3 with 1 steal and 1 block. Let's see if he makes the Lakers regret trading him.