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Kyle Kuzma to leave Priority Sports and Entertainment, has yet to meet with prospective agents

Going into the biggest season of his young career, Kyle Kuzma is reportedly looking for new representation.

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Since being drafted No. 27 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017, Kyle Kuzma’s star has shined bright and now it seems as though his star is shining too bright for the people he surrounded himself with when he first entered the NBA.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Kuzma has parted ways with Mark Bartelstein and Zach Kurtin of Priority Sports and Entertainment. Kuzma has been with Priority Sports since May 2017.

While moves like this are tough for both parties involved, Bartelstein told Ganguli that he has no hard feelings toward Kuzma and explained why Priority sports would no longer be representing the rising star going forward:

“I wish nothing but the best for Kyle,” Bartelstein said. “This was simply a situation in which it became clear our visions were not aligned. When that is the case, it simply does not make sense to continue our partnership.

Per Ganguli, Kuzma has not yet met with prospective agents, but given his close relationship with LeBron James, it wouldn’t be totally surprising to see the 23-year-old forward end up with Klutch Sports. Kuzma was held out of trade talks for Anthony Davis in June and it’s not hard to imagine James had something to do with that. If Kuzma were to sign with Klutch, he’d be the fifth Klutch client on the roster. James, Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker are the others.

Other names to watch in the race for Kuzma’s signature include CAA, who Kuzma’s close friend Lonzo Ball signed with in April, and Roc Nation, who just recently signed Kyrie Irving.

Whoever ends up signing Kuzma will have to keep up with his fast-growing star. Kuzma is expected play a prominent role alongside the star-studded Lakers next season and could help Team USA hoist a FIBA World Cup before then. If he wasn’t marketable before, he’s definitely going to marketable next year and it sounds like he recognizes that.

In other words, chase the bag, Kuz.

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