Shortly after discovering they lost the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes to the LA Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers shifted their focus to Leonard’s Toronto Raptors teammate Danny Green, who — outside of Klay Thompson — was arguably the best two-way shooting guard on the open market.
Green agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal on July 6 and since then, his new teammates have seemingly been trying to make his transition as smooth as possible. During the most recent episode of Green’s podcast, “Inside the Green Room,” the 32-year-old shooting guard said that LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma have been in contact with him at different points of the process, including the recruiting process:
“All of those guys have reached out. Kuz has been actually taking kind of a leadership role for a young guy, putting us together. He put a little group chat together and made sure everybody knew whose numbers is whose, reaching out and kind of letting everybody know where he’s going to be at this summer. LeBron’s letting everybody know when this is happening and when that’s happening. ‘Bron was really good with the process, man — keeping me patient for the most part... I just talked to them here and there.”
As the face of the team, James is expected to take a leadership role, but Kuzma’s role is a little harder to gauge. Despite being the longest-tenured player on the roster, Kuzma is only entering his third year in the NBA. However, it doesn’t sound like the latter’s stopping him from stepping up as a leader.
Say what you will about Kuzma, but he’s done everything he can to make his name synonymous with the Lakers and it’s worked out for him so far. As long he’s producing on the court, that shouldn’t problem.
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