1. Kuzma heads to Sacramento
The Kings wanted Kuzma before re-signing Harrison Barnes in the offseason. Kuz offers more scoring, rebounding, and playmaking, but Barnes is the superior defender. Sacramento also has Keegan Murray, who looks to be taking a step forward in year two. With two strong forwards locked in, is there room for Kuzma?
Kevin Huerter is struggling as the team’s fifth starter and their bench needs some offensive punch. The Kings could be in the market for another scorer to complement their attack. They have to outscore the opposition to win, and Kuzma can certainly get buckets.
This deal could be part of a series of deadline moves for the Sacramento Kings to remake their bench. Can Kuzma make enough 3-pointers to keep the floor spaced? He would likely play his best with only one of the Kings’ two stars out there. Still, they had a plan and interest this summer, so expect head coach Mike Brown to make it work.
Would Kyle Kuzma accept a sixth-man role if meant joining a contender? The Washington Wizards should explore the market for the 6’9 forward before February’s deadline. If a team in the hunt needs offense or a power forward, Washington could get a haul in return that helps their rebuild. The Wizards will be active and aggressive, so stay tuned.