Usually a commerce for a mid-level participant previous to NBA free agency wouldn’t be a giant deal, however the Wizards buying Monté Morris means rather more. Morris and Kyle Kuzma at the moment are teammates once more, and in doing so the pair is fulfilling a childhood dream they’ve had since they have been eight years previous.
Kuzma said goodbye to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who’s now off to Denver to affix the Nuggets — however there was a silver lining to the commerce as nicely.
On the the opposite finish! I get a brother again! Monte and I have been in second grade collectively and at 8 years previous we mentioned we might play on the identical NBA crew collectively! LIFE IS A SIMULATION
— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 29, 2022
Morris and Kuzma got here up in basketball collectively in Flint, Michigan — first competing on a Nerf hoop in Kuzma’s bed room as children. Their rivalry over time was cultivated in youth basketball, and was the subject of an ESPN profile in 2020 when the duo met within the playoffs.
Once they have been eight years previous enjoying youth ball Kuzma and Morris imagined the potential for enjoying on the identical crew within the NBA. Usually desires like which are the stuff of creativeness, relegated to wistful reminiscences — however now the 2 gamers from Flint are united in Washington and it feels so good.
Clearly the 2 gamers careers have taken a number of twists and turns. In highschool it was Morris who was touted as Michigan’s subsequent “nice one,” and he poked enjoyable at the truth that Kuzma was by no means in a position to beat him till they reached the NBA. In the meantime Kuzma has been the higher professional, blossoming right into a stable NBA participant who’s a core participant alongside Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis for the Wizards.
Hopefully the reunion between Kuzma and Morris gained’t be quick lived. Kuzma has been the supply of commerce rumors in latest weeks, with the Wizards reportedly shopping Kuzma within the hopes of discovering a backcourt associate at level guard to pair with Beal.
For now, Kuzma and Morris can take pleasure in being reunited. In case you’re the sentimental sort you’ll hope this sticks, and we see these gamers crew up as soon as extra for the primary time in 20 years.