Skip to main content

Kyle Kuzma’s deleted IG story reveals ax to grind with the Lakers

Kyle-Kuzma

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.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

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.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant and New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose

“Coming in, he was my comparison” - Ja Morant on how Derrick Rose paved the way for athletic point guards

The similarities between Ja and prime Rose's games are uncanny, but here's to hoping the Grizzlies star can have a healthy career.

Kobe Bryant

It's not even the championships" — Kobe Bryant on the quality that all great ones have

Kobe Bryant showed unconditional love for the game, especially after the Los Angeles Lakers' heartbreaking loss to the Boston Celtics in 2008

Isiah Thomas & Karl Malone

Isiah Thomas opens up about a surprising phone call he received from Karl Malone - "He almost started crying on the phone"

Isiah Thomas shares what happened when he got a surprising call from Karl Malone, who wanted to apologize for an incident that happened 30 years ago between the two legends

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson

"Then what happens? They’re gonna consider him a bust" — Vince Carter gave Zion Williamson helpful advice

Like Zion, Carter was also branded as primarily a dunker when he entered the league and everybody expected him to throw it down all the time.

Stone Cold Steve Austin celebrates with beer during WrestleMania in 2022 and LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009

"I've forgotten so many things but I remember that vividly" — Steve Austin on LeBron James taking photos of him via flip phone

Stone Cold didn't need to check his social media or the internet as he vividly remembers the King's support.

Michael Jordan in 2022 at the NBA 75th Anniversary Team induction ceremony

“You're a loser! You've always been a loser!” - how Michael Jordan trash-talked his teammate into retirement

When MJ said he doesn't care, he really meant it - even if his teammate once retired because of his cruel trash talk.