July 25, 2024

The New York Knicks have been linked to dynamic scorer Kyle Kuzma in recent trade rumors.

Analyzing Kyle Kuzma's Season So Far - Last Word On Basketball

Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma might be traded this summer. The Wizards had a poor season, finishing with a 15-67 record. Despite having Kuzma, Jordan Poole, and a young core, they didn’t show enough potential to emerge from their rebuilding phase quickly. SNY’s David Vertsberger listed Kuzma among New York’s top-10 trade targets, stating via Yahoo Sports:

“After injuries to Randle and OG Anunoby sank New York in the playoffs, added frontcourt depth should be an area of focus in trade discussions. Kuzma is a dependable scorer and defender, but would he accept a smaller role on a winning team after turning down a trade to Dallas last season?” Vertsberger posed.

Knicks: Kyle Kuzma could fill the void at forward if OG Anunoby and Julius Randle depart
The Michigan native would be an optimal option for the Knicks to consider. “Kuz” has worn many hats in the NBA. He was a key cog in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2020 championship team alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Rajon Rondo. The 6-foot-9 forward has also grown into his upside as a legitimate 20-point-per-game scorer over the last two years in Washington.

The Knicks could lose OG Anunoby in free agency, which would free up their starting small forward spot. They could also trade Julius Randle away for an All-Star. Depending on which All-Star that is, the Knicks’ entire forward lineup could look completely different before October rolls around.

Kuzma’s versatility, motor, and usage are all promising for the Knicks to consider
Kuzma can naturally play both the three and the four. He is an apt outside shooter, having made 2.2 nightly threes in his Wizards tenure. He’s also a good rebounder, having averaged 7.4 boards in that same span. Approaching his age-29 NBA season, the Utah product would help the Knicks increase their speed and ball movement in the half-court.

Though he likes to touch the rock, he doesn’t hold on to it too long. He took the seventh-most one-dribble pull-up shots (2.9 FGA) last season on 54.5 percent shooting, the fifth-most shots off of two dribbles (2.6 FGA) at 47.6 percent, and 6.3 shots off the catch. Case in point, Kuzma likes to get hot with his burner on high.

NBA trade rumors: Kyle Kuzma might net Wizards first-round pick, no LaVine  sweepstakes - NBC Sports

He has three years and $64.43 million left on his current contract. The Knicks would have to move a couple of eight-figure earners on their roster to make a deal work. While Kuzma isn’t known for his defense, the perks he brings on offense could greatly benefit the Knicks for years to come.

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