NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors and Spurs linked to Wizards power forward.
It seems to be only a matter of time before Washington Wizards power forward Kyle Kuzma is traded and a new report by Sam Amico states that the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs may be interested in acquiring him. If true, those two teams would make for interesting destinations.
Kuzma himself previously mentioned that the Spurs potentially would have drafted him back in 2017 had the Lakers not traded up to take him, so that would explain their interest in him now. Still, his contract will pay at least $68 million over the next three seasons. That is fine for an above-average starting power forward but both the Spurs and the Warriors have cap concerns going forward. The Spurs have to be careful about adding long-term salary as they build around Victor Wembanyama.
After all, they are set to have about $20 million in cap space this season, and trading expiring contracts and picks for Kuzma would mean no cap space. San Antonio may value him more than cap space but his fit is questionable given that he is a high-volume scorer and they already have Jeremy Sochan at power forward.
Meanwhile, the Warriors already have a couple of ugly-looking contracts. While Kuzma is affordable, were they to trade Chris Paul and his expiring contract for him, then they would be adding more long-term salary to a team that is already above the dreaded second apron. The Wizards will also seek at least two firsts for Kuzma, though both teams will have to weigh the cost with the benefits.