Kuzma became a fan favorite in Los Angeles in 2018, earning All-Rookie First Team honors. His role with the Lakers changed once they acquired LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but he proved in 2020 that he could make an impact on a championship team.
Although it must have been difficult for Kuzma to leave the Lakers this offseason, he said he remains on great terms with the rest of the team.
“I came in as a Laker that’s all I know,” Kuzma said on Gilbert Arenas’ podcast, via ClutchPoints. “It was family from the jump. And even leaving, it was still family. You know getting calls or texts from Jeanie or Rob or equipment managers or people that work the front gate. Everyone is like, ‘Hope you have a successful career. You’re doing this and that.’ So no bitterness, no nothing for sure.”
Kuzma was asked if there was any bitterness toward LeBron James and the rest of the crew. He shot down that narrative, revealing that he spent time with his former teammates a few days after the trade was made.
“It’s all love. All love for sure,” Kuzma replied. “A couple of days after I got traded, we were hanging out, chilling or whatever.”
“It’s all love. All love for sure. A couple of days after I got traded, we were hanging out, chilling… So no bitterness, no nothing for sure."
— LakeShow (@LakeShowCP) September 7, 2021
Kuzma said all the right things when asked about his time with the Lakers. But make no mistake about it, he’ll want to show the front office that they made a mistake trading him.
The Wizards will most likely have a large role planned for Kuzma next season.