Kyle Kuzma will present the Lakers with a major dilemma down the road

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Kyle Kuzma doing so well now will give the Lakers a tough crossroad in the near future when it comes time to continue their plan to get LA back on top.

Let’s just get one thing out of the way — right now, Kyle Kuzma is the best player on the Lakers, the best rookie on the Lakers, and you could make a case for the best rookie in the league right now. As the top overall pick by Philadelphia, we should’ve expected things like this from someone like Ben Simmons, but Kuzma didn’t nearly have these expectations for his first year in the NBA.

After another 30+ point performance, Kuzma found himself on the good side of more great company. With his 31 points against the Timberwolves, Kuzma scored the most points of any rookie on Christmas Day since none other than LeBron James.

Lonzo Ball has gotten slightly better overall during this small stretch, but the Lakers need that to be how he plays more consistently. On the other hand, Kuzma continues to answer the call.

The reason that the excellent play from the 27th overall pick in 2017 is a curse for the Lakers despite being a blessing now is a hard one to think about. They’ve already had the infamous Kobe vs Shaq feud, but have done what they can to keep those days behind them.

Now they have two gifted young players in Ball and Kuzma, and if they don’t lean more on Kuzma moving forward — especially if he keeps up this really good play — it could get ugly. While chemistry has been a huge plus thus far between Ball and Kuzma, where that could all change is if Los Angeles isn’t willing to show Kuzma the money.

For his rookie season, Ball is getting paid north of $6 million while Kuzma was given a deal that carries a salary of $1.5 million. The rookie forward for the Lakers has been the better player, by leaps and bounds, and it would be hard to see the front office messing this up.

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But if they mess around too much and give too much money to a superstar free agent, they’ll risk losing Kuzma in the long run.