The free agency board is beginning to take shape, which will show the possibilities available for the Phoenix Suns to bolster its roster.
An often-mentioned target for the Suns that’s been linked to the team over time has been Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma has ties to Devin Booker, and his style of play obviously would be a match for Phoenix.
Though the chemistry is there, the money unfortunately isn’t. As reported by The Athletic’s Sham Charania, Kuzma is expected to turn down a $13 million player option to enter free agency.
“Kuzma, who will turn 28 next month, has said he intends to turn down his player option for the upcoming season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.”
Kuzma’s free agency sweepstakes comes on the brink of the Washington Wizards attempting a possible rebuild. If Washington can come to terms with trading Bradley Beal, a rebuild seems more than likely.
Kuzma will certainly command more than the $13 million expiring deal he’s coming off of. He’s been rumored to be a coveted forward for most contending teams.
The difference will boil down to whether Kuzma is willing to take a pay cut. The Suns have practically no cap space to go after a big name in free agency. With Booker, Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton occupying more than 50 percent of the current cap, obtaining Kuz becomes murky.
Much of what the Suns can do will involve moving Ayton to free up cap space. There’s also possibilities that could come from the Chris Paul dilemma currently. If so, signing Kuzma could potentially become easier.
If not, the fan-favorite may be a strikeout for Phoenix this summer.