Report: Kyle Kuzma agrees to 3-year, $40 million contract extension with Lakers

Liz Roscher
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It looks like Kyle Kuzma’s rookie extension talks weren’t tabled after all.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed on a three-year, $40 million contract extension.

There’s more: the player option on a non-max contract is unprecedented in the NBA. The Lakers are the first team to do it, and it could work out pretty well for Kuzma.

Kuzma, 25, had a rough season with the Lakers. He posted career-lows in minutes per game (25), field goal percentage (43.6 percent) and points per 36 minutes (18.4). But he’s primed for a big bounce-back year for Los Angeles. He’s already looking good in the preseason, and teammate LeBron James has predicted that he’s going to take a big leap forward in the coming season.

LeBron congratulates Kuzma

After the deal was reported, James made sure Kuzma knows he owes him.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 13: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup in front of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 during a preseason game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on December 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kyle Kuzma is staying with the Lakers for the next three years. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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