General Manager Rob Pelinka and the Los Angeles Lakers front office have made some roster moves this offseason and they won’t stop here. The 2020-21 NBA season will start on Dec. 22, and the Lakers will use the short offseason to fix their roster and address some of the issues they had in 2019-20. Some of the veterans are expected to, while others will probably take their player option.
In the first wave of moves, the Lakers traded Danny Green and a draft pick for Oklahoma City Thunder Dennis Schroder. According to some experts, this trade affected Kyle Kuzma and his future with the team. Pelinka mentioned something about it in his most recent interview.
According to Pelinka, the team will sit down and talk about Kuzma “when the time is right.” The front office will contact Kuzma and his agent about the potential contract extension.
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Pelinka praised Kuzma’s skills and his growth. Kuzma has next season under contract with the team and he’s extension eligible at the moment. The young Laker has a good representation. One thing stands for sure. The Lakers are proud of drafting Kuzma. They are definitely proud of his growth. In the NBA bubble, Kuzma showed his ability to perform at the wing and the four. The team has wing Danny Green, so Kuzma will have to step in and see action at the position. Kuzma has the versatility to do this and he will be an excellent player for the Lakers. Pelinka is looking forward to see Kuzma’s growth next season.
Does this mean that the Lakers will keep Kuzma on the roster? The young talent has been part of every trade rumor in the NBA. Players like Derrick Rose and DeMar DeRozan had a chance to earn a spot on the roster. But those were just rumors.
Los Angeles won a title in 2019-20 and they will probably take into consideration trade scenarios involving young Kuz.
Green will join the Philadelphia 76ers, and JaVale McGee will exercise his player option for next season. The Lakers also waived Quinn Cook and signed Oklahoma City Thunder star Dennis Schroder.
LA has to think about all the scenarios involving Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, KCP, and Markieff Morris.