Kyle Kuzma is no longer a Los Angeles Laker. The last remnant of the Lakers' young core is now gone, as Kuzma was traded along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and their 2021 NBA Draft pick to the Washington Wizards to bring in perennial All-Star and former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. For LA, this is a move that brings them closer to an NBA championship next season, as they have a big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
Whereas, Kuzma will get an opportunity to play in a team where he will get a bigger spotlight. One of the biggest criticisms surrounding Kuzma is his inability to perform during the moments he was asked to. After Anthony Davis and LeBron James arrived in LA, Kuzma's minutes reduced drastically for the Lakers.
He went from being a starter to a sub for the Lakers. Kuzma would have his share of good games but struggled mostly without a lot of consistent minutes. But he will get his chance to show doubters that they are wrong with his play.
And it appears that may be his plan going forward. Earlier today, Kuzma shared a Tweet that gave an explanation for Kuzma's poor form with the Lakers. It said that Kuzma greatly sacrificed his game for the sake of the rest of the team. Kuzma responded to the Tweet while sharing it saying "Laugh now, cry later" with a sly smile emoji, winking emoji, and praying hands emoji.
Clearly, Kuzma is ready to show Lakers fans what they will be missing when he goes to Washington next season. But Kuzma must be careful, as those words could very easily come back to haunt him later on if his performances don't improve with the spotlight on him growing in size.