Kyle Kuzma ‘agrees to four-year, $102 million contract that will keep him with the Washington Wizards’
- Kuzma previously stated he will not seek the highest payday during free agency
- The star forward averaged a career-high 21.2 points per game during the season
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Kyle Kuzma and the Wizards have agreed to a four-year $102million contract that will keep the star forward in Washington, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kuzma recently declined the $13 million player option in his contract for next season, allowing him to enter free agency, but had admitted he was open to staying with the franchise.
‘It’s 100 percent an option… I’ve had a great time here,’ Kuzma said. ‘I’ve developed my game significantly here, and there’s good people here. I’d be a fool to say it’s not an option for me.’
The soon-to-be 28-year-old averaged a career-high 21.2 points to go along with 7.2 rebounds and was expected to be one of the more sought-after free agents on the market this summer.
Kuzma joined the Wizards during the 2021-2022 campaign and now appears to set to be a centerpiece of the franchise under the leadership of newly-hired team president Michael Winger.
Kyle Kuzma has agreed to a four-year deal for $102million that will keep him with the Wizards
The soon-to-be 28-year-old averaged a career-high 21.2 points per game during the season
Following the departures of star big man Kristaps Porzingis who was traded to Boston and superstar scorer Bradley Beal being traded to the Suns, Kuzma will be flanked by the newly-acquired Jordan Poole and Bilal Coulibaly.
Poole was brought to Washington in the trade that rerouted Chris Paul to the Golden State Warriors, while Coulibaly was selected with the No.7 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.
Kuzma also previously stated that he is not focused solely on securing himself the biggest paycheck possible in his next deal.
‘I’m trying to get better every year,’ Kuzma said.
‘It’s not about money, I’m going to get paid regardless anywhere [I go] and here, too. It’s about can I come into work every day and be the best version of myself, can I help lead guys, can I make other players better, can I light up rooms? All those things matter when you’re trying to be successful.’