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Wizards’ forward, Kyle Kuzma, made a significant decision in the 2023 NBA offseason when he declined his $13 million player option and entered free agency. However, it didn’t take long for him to secure his future with the team, as ten days later, he signed a lucrative four-year contract worth $102 million.

In a recent statement, the 28-year-old expressed his enthusiasm for the new challenge that lies ahead as a leader for the Wizards. Kuzma’s ambitions drive him to embrace the opportunity to guide a group of talented young players within the organization.

“I’m a very ambitious person,” Kuzma said. “Having this opportunity to lead this organization and mentor a bunch of young guys is something I believe I can excel at. I’m excited to build and lead. It’s a role I’ve longed for throughout my career, and not many people get to experience this. I’m really ready to take on the challenge.”

Last season, Kuzma showcased his potential by averaging a career-high 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 35 minutes per game for the Wizards.

With the departure of star player Bradley Beal, who was traded to the Suns in the offseason, Kuzma’s prominence in Washington is set to grow even further in the upcoming season.