“Why Did We Let Him Go in the First Place?”: LeBron James’ Lakers Potentially Roping In 27-Year-Old Former LA Star Leaves NBA Fans Perplexed

Published 12/15/2022, 12:16 AM EST

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Recent rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers have definitely left NBA fans feeling perplexed. With the trade deadline this week, the Lakers have been busy trying to build a roster that can support its superstar, LeBron James. With many ongoing discussions and talks, the recent update of bringing back a former teammate has seemingly set the internet on fire.

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Chris Haynes from Bleacher Report said that the Lakers have reportedly inquired about a potential Kyle Kuzma trade. Kuzma, along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had been traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Russell Westbrook in 2021. Fans had plenty to say following this latest development.

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Why did we let him go in the first place?“, asked one fan.

Here are some of the reactions from NBA Twitter:

Kyle Kuzma has arguably thrived since joining the Wizards lineup. He has been averaging 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds so far this season, all career highs. He admitted, “Here I am not playing behind LeBron and AD“.

However at the same time, as per media reports, it is for the precise reason that the Lakers want to rope him in: “…knowing Kuzma has championship experience playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis“.

What are the chances of Kuzma’s reunion with LeBron James?

Haynes also reported that the Washington Wizards love their player and how he complements the team. The franchise may even be open for a contract extension for Kuzma, but if it comes to a trade, they are not “going to give Kyle Kuzma up for cheap“.

It is reported that Kuzma could earn a hefty contract next year. Reports state that he was fishing for a “significant pay upgrade in free agency“.

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USA Today via Reuters

Both the Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers sit at number 12 in the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively. The Lakers have attempted to turn things around, particularly with Anthony Davis‘ recent performances.

The franchise seemingly has a penchant for reunions as they have previously brought back former teammates including Dwight Howard and Dennis Shroder.

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Will a Kyle Kuzma trade benefit the Lakers? Most importantly, will he support LeBron James? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rekha Joly

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Rekha Joly is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She earned a triple major in English, Journalism, and Psychology from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore.
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