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Report: Los Angeles Lakers Trade Former Ute Kyle Kuzma To Washington Wizards

Jul 29, 2021, 6:19 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Los Angeles Lakers traded former University of Utah forward Kyle Kuzma to the Washington Wizards, according to multiple reports.

The reported deal arrived only hours before the start of the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday, July 29.

Along with Kuzma, the Lakers will reportedly send Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the No. 22 pick in this year’s NBA Draft to the Wizards in exchange for Russell Westbrook and a pair of second-round picks.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported that the deal won’t be officially completed until the first week in August.

The former Utah standout has been involved in trade rumors throughout the offseason and in the week leading up to the NBA Draft.

About Kyle Kuzma

Kuzma has had an up and down career in Los Angeles after being drafted with the 27th pick of the 2017 NBA draft and has been regularly involved in trade rumors.

The former Ute led the Lakers to the Las Vegas Summer League title before being named to the 2017-18 All-Rookie Team. However, the forward has struggled with inconsistent play and has seen a dip in his scoring averages over the last two years after a promising start to his career.

Kuzma signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Lakers last summer which is set to begin this season. But, after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs while defending their 2020 NBA championship, the Lakers are in need of a talent upgrade to support LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Kuzma averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists during his third and final season with the Utes.

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