Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James wants teammate Kyle Kuzma to pay for the next team dinner after the power forward agreed to a three-year extension with the franchise worth nearly $40 million.
The 25-year-old reportedly longed for a brand new deal after being part of the Lakers team that secured their first-ever championship win after 2010. LeBron James has touted Kuzma to be one of the players to watch this season.
“KUUUUUZZZZZZZZZZZ!!! Congrats bro!!! Next dinner on you for sure!” James wrote on Twitter, clearly excited at the new contract. “Vino chronicles, followed by two laughing emojis,” he tweeted
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This marks the first rookie contract extension the Lakers have carried out in over a decade. He has been playing for the franchise since 2017 despite initially being picked by the Brooklyn Nets as the 27th overall pick in the NBA Draft. He was traded off to the Lakers in exchange for D’Angelo Russell Timofey Mozgov.
Kyle Kuzma looks forward to grow alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis
Following the lucrative contract extension, Kuzma commented about his future with the Lakers. The power forward branded the extension to be a win-win for both the parties involved.
“I’ve got a great situation, having a 2+1 player option and just being able to align myself with those guys and also just continue to learn and develop as a player and a human,” Kuzma said.
“To have an opportunity to be in a championship window, to continue to win a championship, until my deal is up when I’m into my prime. It’s a win-win.” he concluded
He also claimed that he is unsure of his role in the team with the roster changes during the offseason.
According to his new contract, Kuzma will earn $13.3 million per year. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last season shooting 43.6% from the field. He averaged 10 points this postseason, shooting 31.3% from the three-point range.