The Lakers have locked up another member of their reigning championship squad.
After re-signing LeBron James and Anthony Davis to max extensions, the Lakers inked Kyle Kuzma to a three-year, $40 million extension, according to ESPN. The pact also includes a player option for the 2023-24 campaign.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has agreed to a three-year, $40M contract extension, including a player option on 2023-2024 season, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 20, 2020
The player option allows Kuzma to hit the free-agent market at 28 which could mean another big payday for the young forward.
A former first-round pick, Kuzma was a pleasant surprise in his rookie year. He's continued to be an electric scorer who's improving on the defensive side. He's also the only member of the Baby Lakers to stick with Los Angeles and win a title with the franchise after Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and D'Angelo Russell were all traded away.
Kuzma averaged 12.8 points and 4.5 boards coming off the bench for the Lakers last year.
While Kuzma has survived multiple trade rumors, this deal could be a key piece to a bigger deal if the Lakers decide to use him as a trade piece.
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