Because it seems, Kyle Kuzma scored on the buzzer.
Late Sunday night, on the eve of the deadline for gamers to signal rookie extensions, Kuzma and the Lakers got here to phrases on a three-year deal value $40 million.
Information of the settlement got here shortly after one other report advised that the extension talks have been “tabled,” however clearly, the perimeters have been capable of work one thing out that may assist Kuzma keep away from season-long questions on his future.
Had the extension not come to fruition, Kuzma would have turn into a restricted free agent on the conclusion of the 2020-21 season. As an alternative, he and the Lakers have recommitted to at least one one other.
Based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal is assured for the primary two years, with Kuzma holding a participant possibility over the ultimate yr. It provides him the chance to choose at no cost company following the 2021-22 season if his efficiency over the following two seasons will increase his market worth such that it’ll earn him the next payday.
Los Angeles Lakers ahead Kyle Kuzma has agreed to a three-year, $40M contract extension, together with a participant possibility on 2023-2024 season, sources inform ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 20, 2020
With respect to Rob Pelinka and his employees’s perspective on their present roster, it stands to purpose that they’re comfy with committing to the present core — one which occurs to be youthful and not less than equally gifted to the squad that gained final season’s NBA Championship.
At the very least for the following two seasons, Kuzma is predicted to flank LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It’s not a foul search for both facet contemplating the truth that “Kuz” emerged as a significant cog within the 2020 NBA Champion’s rotation.