3. Kyle Kuzma
The only two seasons of his six-year NBA career that Kuzma played fewer than 30 minutes per game coincided with Jason Kidd’s tenure as Lakers assistant. The 6’9 forward helped LA win the championship in 2020, but he was coming off the bench and played just 23 minutes each night in the postseason.
Just months after J-Kidd left for Dallas, Kuzma was traded to Washington in the blockbuster deal that brought Russell Westbrook to LA. Kuz has taken his game to another level in the nation’s capital as he averaged over 21 points per game this season.
The 27-year-old has a $13 million player option for next season that he will certainly decline. Kuzma is hoping for a massive contract this offseason, but will he find it? Kuzma was a role player on the only two playoff teams that he has been a part of in his career, but he wants to start and be one of the leading scorers.
Kyle Kuzma learned from Jason Kidd during their time in Los Angeles together, but the 6’9 forward will be out of the Dallas Mavericks' price range in free agency. Dallas will be searching for 3-and-D wings and big men as Kuzma looks to get paid this summer.