Los Angeles Lakers exercise team option on Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) collides with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroeder (17) as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) is at right. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their team option on Kyle Kuzma‘s contract, the team announced on Thursday.

The team option, slated to kick in for the 2020-21 season, is worth $3,562,178.

Kuzma figures to play a prominent role in the Lakers’ frontcourt alongside star off-season acquisition Anthony Davis, once he is healthy.

During Los Angeles’ trip to play in China, Kuzma sustained a left ankle injury that he is still recovering from. Tests upon the team’s return determined it was a stress reaction, and that he could participate in non-contact on-court activity.

“There’s still progression to be had,” said Lakers head coach Frank Vogel Wednesday. “He was very limited with what he did today, and it was all non-contact in limited duration. It’s going to take some time for him to get his legs under him and build up to the point where he’s playing live with contact, and then some time where we want to see him perform in that and respond well to that before we clear him to play.”

In 70 games for Los Angeles last season, Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.1 minutes of action per night.

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