Kyle Kuzma
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Kyle Kuzma signed a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers before this season which will keep him with the team for at least the next two years. The 25-year-old forward was with the Purple and Gold since his rookie season in 2017-2018.

During the season closing interview, he admitted to being excited for the Lakers future and talked about his own progress as a player. “I’ve been here the longest,” he said. “I’ve been through a bunch of different eras here — a rebuilding stage, LeBron’s first year here and figuring out and win championships and then this year.

“I’ve seen a lot, been through a lot, wore a lot of different hats and roles during my tenure here. I’m excited to see what the future brings for us in this offseason.

“Only speaking for myself I think this year I made incredible strides of becoming a winning player, making the right play, being a real valuable asset on a defensive end. I got a lot of growth in me. I can’t wait to get there.”

This season, Kuzma averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.7 minutes per game. He started 32 out of his 68 games for the Lakers.