Washington Wizards: 5 players who could replace Kyle Kuzma at the trade deadline

Washington Wizards, Kyle Kuzma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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It is clear that the Washington Wizards are far from done making changes with the roster. As of right now they are set to be one of the most active teams at the trade deadline in the upcoming season as they have plenty of high-quality role players to offer.

With Danilo Gallinari, Tyus Jones, Mike Muscala, and most notably Kyle Kuzma likely not being in the long-term plans for the franchise and all being on extremely team friendly deals, it’s not hard to imagine all of them being moved at the deadline.

Although, with Kuzma on a long-term deal, it’s likely the Wizards will wait for the best possible trade package for the star forward, possibly even sacrificing lottery odds in favor of getting a great return.

While it’s unlikely he gets moved at the deadline, let’s look at some players that could possibly move the needle for a Kyle Kuzma trade.

Jonathan Kuminga could be great on the Washington Wizards in a trade for Kyle Kuzma

Jonathan Kuminga is a player who has been described as a 2K MyPlayer. Plenty of upside in just about every aspect of the game, he just needs to start acquiring some VC to get more upgrades.

His main problem is the fact that he’s stuck in a system where he has limited room to grow on the court with the Golden State Warriors. They need him to play a role and stick to it, something that has historically not been good for young players trying to make a name for themselves in the league.

Even better, he is looking to break out into the star that many have projected him to be. Something that would make him a valuable asset to any team that features the young athlete.

The biggest problem with swapping Kuminga for Kyle Kuzma is the fact that the Warriors don’t have the ability to take in salary. This means they would have to tack on additional assets to make a trade work.

With Kuminga and Moses Moody, by far the two most interesting players on the Warriors in a potential trade, only combining to make $9.9 million next season and Kuzma making $25.5 million, there would need to be a third team involved and even then, it likely doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Warriors to move on from the 20-year-old.