Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma Signs Five-Year Endorsement Deal With Puma
Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma Signs Five-year Endorsement Deal With Puma
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Originally the No. 27 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Kuzma is already maximizing his on- and off-the-court opportunities in just his third season.

As Kuzma is currently dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot which occurred with Team USA, he was a sneaker free agent and numerous companies expressed interest.

Following two seasons with Nike, there have been multiple reports about the 24-year-old likely signing with Puma.

Prior to the 2019-20 NBA season, Kuzma has signed a five-year endorsement deal with Puma to become a face of the company, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Kuzma reportedly will receive $3 million per season over the next five, according to Marc Stein of New York Times:

During Kuzma’s brief time in Los Angeles, he is viewed as the steal of the 2017 NBA Draft and has established himself as a fan favorite at Staples Center and on the road.

While Kuzma was involved in the initial Anthony Davis trade discussions, the Lakers did not include him the second time and he is the only member of the team’s young core now.

As Kuzma is expected to be a part of the team’s future, this is a significant step for him off-the-court. However, Kuzma understands he needs to perform on the court in order to continue building his brand in the second-largest market.

With the Lakers preparing for the Golden State Warriors, the immediate concern is Kuzma’s injury, which he described as ‘serious, but not serious’ at 2019 NBA Media Day recently.

Since Kuzma will not receive an MRI until the Lakers return from China, there are numerous questions about his role and their ability to quickly build chemistry without him.

With Anthony Davis wanting to play more power forward than center during the regular season, it suggests Kuzma will likely be the team’s sixth man. While this would be a significant individual sacrifice, Kuzma understands how important he is to them regardless if he starts or not.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Team Meets With Willie Cauley-Stein At NBA Draft Combine

Next Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers will find out if they will…

Lakers News: Pau Gasol, Spain Lose Bid To Host 2020 Olympics

As a two-time Olympic silver medalist and one of the most popular…

Lakers News: Timberwolves Express Interest In Power Forward Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson was a last minute invite to Los Angeles Lakers training camp as he was constantly…

Kobe Bryant Believes the Lakers are a Championship-Caliber Team

It has been an interesting season for the Los Angeles Lakers with…