What would Kyle Kuzma bring to Dallas Mavericks?
Mavs head coach Jason Kidd knows Kuzma and his game well from their two seasons together with the Lakers. It is worth noting that the two lowest minutes per game seasons of Kuzma’s five-year NBA career came when Kidd was the assistant in LA.
Kuzma was traded to Washington in the 2021 offseason, and the 27-year-old proved he can be an offensive weapon with the Wizards. He averaged 17. 1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 33.5 minutes per game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 71.2 percent on his free throws. Kuzma made 35.9 percent of his 287 catch-and-shoot threes, and he can be a tertiary playmaker.
The 6’9 forward is a below-league-average defender that is best suited to play the four where he is hidden in the corner on a shooter. The Mavericks made a massive defensive improvement in their first season under coach Kidd, and Kuzma would have to improve on this end of the floor to see 30-plus minutes per game in Dallas.
The 27-year-old is set to make $13 million this season, and he was a player option at $13 million for next season. Kyle Kuzma will likely opt out and try to get more money on the open market. Should the Mavs take a swing on a likely rental of Kuzma?