Kyle Kuzma has removed the Los Angeles Lakers from his Instagram profile, producing wild speculation about his future with the team.
Kuzma is coming off a rough postseason performance and finds himself yet again caught up in trade speculation. Kuzma inked a three-year contract extension worth $40 million prior to last season, which made him relatively hard to trade due to the poison pill restriction that came with his new deal.
With that now out of the way, Kuzma is against being mentioned in the rumors and his latest move could be a reaction to that.
Sure, it’s not major news, but the question is why. With 5.1 million followers, everything Kuzma does on social media is analyzed and dissected, so it’s obvious he was looking for some sort of reaction.
Kuzma’s teammate Dennis Schroder did something similar prior to the Lakers getting bounced from the playoffs. The move did not inspire great confidence about his return to the team.