Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma and guard Tyus Jones are two players whom other NBA teams, namely contenders are eyeing as targets for the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 8, according to Brett Siegel of ClutchPoints.
It is no surprise why Kuzma and Jones are targets. In Kuzma’s case, he is averaging 23.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. Kuzma has been Washington’s best and most consistent player this season whom other contending and dark horse contending teams would like to poach.
The Wizards are not letting Kuzma go for fire sale prices as they did with Kristaps Porzingis in the 2023 NBA offseason. Siegel reported that the Wizards want multiple first-round picks for Kuzma, which is difficult to see happen.
I predicted that Kuzma would stay a Wizards player this calendar year, and I still think he will be, because I don’t see teams willing to give up two or three first-round picks for him.
Jones could be a more movable asset for other teams, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game on a contract where he is on a contract year making $14 million. Given that Jones doesn’t seem likely to return to D.C. next season, and was a strong backup point guard last season for the Memphis Grizzlies, it’s more likely that Washington would move Jones among the two.
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